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Rose Hills Memorial Park
Whittier, Los Angeles County, California

3888 S. Workman Mill Rd.
Whittier, CA 90601
(562) 699-0921

Rose Hills began in 1914 as a small cemetery, consisting of 18 acres of what was once part of the famous Rancho Paso de Bartolo Spanish land grant. At that time, Rose Hills was called Whittier Heights Memorial Park and served as the local burial grounds for Whittier.

Not long after the park's founding, cemetery management realized that more land was needed and purchased an additional 100 acres. However, the community this cemetery served was growing so rapidly that the additional acreage was not adequate to meet the needs of the densely populated Los Angeles and Orange County areas.

In 1928, the management launched an expansion program designed to increase the size of the cemetery through a series of land acquisitions. This program, continuing into the 1950s. This program has increased Rose Hills' land holdings to its present size of approximately 2,500 acres.

During this time, the cemetery's directors felt a name change was needed in order to better represent the expanded region the cemetery served. In order to accomplish this a community-wide contest was held to try to find the most appropriate name, and Rose Hills was selected, [RB]

 

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