As part of an annual “Mormon Helping Hands” statewide day of service, members from local congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be working to beautify the historic San Fernando Pioneer Memorial Cemetery from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 30, at 14451 Bledsoe St., Sylmar, at the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Bledsoe Street.
The public is invited to join the volunteers in weeding, painting, removing damaged shrubs, and other beautification tasks in preparation for the cemetery’s annual Memorial Day Observance on May 30. Anyone interested in volunteering should bring a pair of protective work gloves. Any other tools (if needed) will be provided, as will water and lunch for all volunteers.
The historic cemetery was established in 1874 and is currently operated by the San Fernando Valley Historical Society and supported entirely through donations.
For additional information, please call 818-365-5860 or visit www.sfvhs.com.
Directions: From the 210 Freeway, exit at Polk Street and drive south to Foothill. Turn right onto Foothill and go a half mile to the stoplight at Bledsoe.
Pioneer Cemetery - Foothill & Bledsoe, Sylmar, CA
I belong to the San Fernando Valley Historical Society and have been involved heavily in preserving and improving what is left of the old historic Pioneer Cemetery located in Sylmar at the corner of Foothill and Bledsoe (about a half-mile west of Polk St.).
The cemetery was established in 1874 by Senator Charles Maclay, and it is the second oldest cemetery in the San Fernando Valley. Records show there are more than 600 buried on the grounds, and almost half of them were children under the age of one. The last burial was in 1939. We have discovered that 5 Civil War veterans are buried there, as well as prominent citizens in the San Fernando area.
The cemetery is open for tours on the third Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. till Noon. It is staffed entirely by volunteers. Come by and say hi to me. I donate a portion of my commission on every transaction to help the cemetery. So dealing with me for all of your Sylmar real estate needs also helps keep the old cemetery “alive.”
Sylmar is a great foothills community in the north San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles that is known for constant breezes (thus very little smog), a mix of cultures and home types, and a history of being the site of one of the largest olive groves in the country (and the world, I’m told). The name Sylmar means “sea of trees” according to some translations.
In this blog I will explore the surrounding area as it pertains to Sylmar news, events, real estate activity and valuations, and some of my passions, such as comments about efforts to preserve the historic Pioneer Cemetery in Sylmar. My special area of interest is real estate, because homes are my business. I’m sure there will be times when I will stray from this path, but always my goal is to bring useful information and hopefully sustained interest to my readers.
Your comments are welcome.