Pioneer Cemetery

14451 Bledsoe Street, Sylmar, CA 91342   Map

California State Historic Landmark 753 - L.A. Historic Cultural Monument 586

The Pioneer Memorial Cemetery in Sylmar is the second oldest cemetery in the San Fernando Valley. Within its grounds lie the remains of individuals who have their own histories to tell, from veterans of several wars to helpless infants, from victims of disease or natural disasters to those who simply had no where else to rest. The cemetery's story is a fascinating one. Won't you help us put the cemetery into its proper historical context?

Pioneer Cemetery open the 3rd Saturday of the month.   Press Release M-S Word doc 52K   Flyer M-S Word doc 75K

Help is needed in the following areas:
Landscaping/weed abatement
Fund raising
Event planning
General Maintenance
Committee volunteers


Front historical marker
Pioneer Memorial Cemetery became California State Historical Landmark No. 753 in 1961. It is located at the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Bledsoe Street in Sylmar.

Concrete paths wind amid the remaining monuments, some of which date from the late 1800s.
Several upright graves, path

Gravestone broken
Vandals became a problem in the 1960s and 1970s, and many headstones were stolen, knocked down, or broken.

Some families chose to protect their loved ones from vandals.
Bench & protected grave

2 stones down, 1 upright
Before the cemetery was protected by a stonework and wrought iron fence, vandals often drove vehicles into the cemetery for sport, knocking down and destroying the grave markers.

This monument is that for a young child.
Reed monument

S. Reed monument
Another marker in the Reed family plot.

Watering, weed abatement and gopher eradication has become major concerns in recent years.
Lone marker

Camino real bell
A bell from El Camino Real resides in the cemetery

Years of exposure have corroded this copper plate containing the names of those buried at the cemetery.
Copper plate corroded

Memorial Bricks   123K
A beautiful entrance to the San Fernando Pioneer Memorial Cemetery will memorialize those who are buried at the cemetery, but whose graves are unmarked due to long-term vandalism. This project will ensure these Valley pioneers will be remembered for generations to come.

Adopt-A-Plot   80K

Pioneer Cemetery Roster

"Edie's Dream" Daily News 9/28/03 (EdiesDream.jpg 103KB)

A Poem by Carolyn Riggs

Pioneer Memorial Cemetery Historical Data

Historical Society gains ownership interest in Pioneer Cemetery in Sylmar


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