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SIMI VALLEY : County Backs State Status for Cemetery

Ventura County supervisors have decided that the Simi Valley Public Cemetery, where pioneer families are buried, should be named a State Point of Historical Interest.

The supervisors agreed Tuesday to support an application for state recognition made by the Ventura Cultural Heritage Board to the State Historical Resources Commission.

Established in 1890 by the Parantau family, the cemetery is already a Ventura County landmark.

As the first recorded cemetery in Simi Valley, it is the last remnant of the 1889 settlement by the California Mutual Benefit Colony of Chicago, according to the heritage board application.

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