Our new library has a Heritage Room dedicated to collecting, preserving and protecting information about Monrovia. As we find interesting snippets of information, bits and bobs of historical trivia, or just things of interest, it will be posted here.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Rancho Land Grants Create Monrovia
Monrovia occupies portions of two Mexican land grants called Rancho Santa Anita and Rancho Azusa de Duarte. The boundary between the two ranchos is Norumbega Drive. However, Monroe and his partners E.F. Spence, J.D. Bicknell and J.F. Crank purchased the land not directly from the Rancho owners, but from E.J. “Lucky” Baldwin and L.L. Bradbury. The only one of the original four partners who never made his home in Monrovia was James Crank.