El Monte, (Ca)

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Arcadia Pub., 2006 - History - 127 pages
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El Monte became an established community late in the 1850s-much earlier than most cities in what later became Los Angeles County-as the western terminus of the Santa Fe Trail. Its situation between the watersheds of the Rio Hondo and San Gabriel River made it one of early California's most fertile farming areas, with English walnut trees and dairy farms dotting the countryside. The city incorporated in 1912 and, in the ensuing decades, became the home of Gay's Lion Farm, where Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer kept the various big cats that roared on a logo announcing 1,001 movies. Crawford's store became known as the "largest country store in the world," and the car culture that enveloped Southern California in the postwar years went through significant developmental chapters in El Monte, home of such regionally famous stops as El Monte Drive-In Theatre, Legion Stadium, and the circular, iconic Stan's Drive-In diner.

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About the author (2006)

For this marvelous retrospective of the city's formative years, the El Monte Historical Society has selected more than 150 vintage images from the collections of the El Monte Historical Society Museum, one of Southern California's outstanding local history venues. Author Jorane King Barton is a former assistant superintendent of instruction in the El Monte City School District.

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