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The Pioneer Church

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The Chatsworth community volunteered their labor to build The Pioneer Church on donated land in 1903. At the time of its construction, it was the only church in the northwest San Fernando Valley. It was also a meeting place for other community functions and for a high school. The Methodist Episcopal Church, later renamed Chatsworth Methodist Church, was left behind by a growing congregation. In 1965, the church was threatened with demolition when the Chatsworth Historical Society and the community worked with Oakwood Memorial Park to move the church from its original location at 10051 Topanga Canyon Boulevard to its new home at Oakwood Memorial Park. Long time residents Roy Rogers and Dale Evans donated the first thousand dollars to the cause of moving the church. The church has ben home to the congregation of Saint Mary the Virgin Anglican-Rite Catholic Church since 1981.

The church is open for tours sponsored by the Chatsworth Historical Society the first Sunday of each month from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. There is a regular Sunday service at 10:00 am.

Location: The west end of Lassen in Chatsworth

Photo Date: 1-3-04. Many of the grave markers were still decorated from Christmas.

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