(Victorvalley)– The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors today approved a $15,000 grant to improve the historic Oro Grande Cemetery.
“The Oro Grande Cemetery is a little-known historical treasure of our county,” said First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt. “This funding will allow construction of a parking area and decorative fence that will beautify the cemetery and create an appropriate gateway to the site.”
The funding was provided at the request of Supervisor Mitzelfelt through the federal Community Development Block Grant program.
Oro Grande was one of the earliest settler communities established in San Bernardino County in the 1800s. Though records are sparse, the cemetery is the final resting place of some who were founders of the community, as well as military veterans. It is a registered State Historic Point of Interest.
The grant will provide the cemetery with historic preservation improvements, which will include the construction of a 3,500-square-foot parking area with approximately 12 stone and block pillars and 120 feet of wrought iron fencing, along with a gate and signage.
Last year, the county used ground-penetrating radar to determine the number and location of the grave sites, which also allowed planners to find the most appropriate place for a parking area.
Dedicated local residents have voluntarily provided some maintenance of the cemetery for years but this is the first major project at the cemetery in decades.