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Pioneer Cemetery in San Fernando

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2009 - 2017.

San Fernando Pioneer Memorial Cemetery was established in 1864 and is the second oldest cemetery in the San Fernando Valley. The oldest is at Mission San Fernando and the Pioneer Cemetery was for the non-Catholics. It was established in 1874 as Morningside Cemetery. Originally in the City of San Fernando, in 1911 the border of San Fernando shrank leaving the cemetery just outside the city in Sylmar.

Records list over 600 people buried between 1889 and 1939. Among those buried are pioneer families, four Civil War veterans as well as veterans from later wars, ten unknowns, and 375 children. Originally 40 acres were set aside for the cemetery but this was reduced to ten by the time burials were recorded in 1889. In 1923, the cemetery association dissolved and sold off more land leaving only 3.8 acres when Will G. Noble purchased it and operated it until his death and the last official burial in 1939. The Native Daughters of the Golden West began restoring the cemetery in 1958 and the cemetery was donated to them in 1959 at which time burials ended. It became State Historic Landmark Number 753 on April 30, 1961. Eventually title transferred to the San Fernando Valley Historical Society.

Third Saturday of the month from 9:00 am to Noon.

14451 Bledsoe Street
Sylmar, California
West corner of Foothill Boulevard and Bledsoe in Sylmar. Exit the 210 Freeway at Polk Street southwest a block to Foothill northwest to Bledsoe.

The property is administered by the San Fernando Valley Historical Society.

These phots are from the 8th annual Memorial Day Observance in 2009.

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