Wednesday, April 16, 2014
POPPIES, THE POPPY CAR, AND THE PACIFIC ELECTRIC LINE
How did poppies play a role in the early growth of Monrovia? It all began with increased options for transportation, one hundred and ten years ago. In 1903 the Pacific Electric line opened in Monrovia, offering service to Los Angeles. For the first time, it became possible for Monrovians to seek employment in the city, while enjoying the benefits of home life in the suburbs. Automobiles were also increasingly popular, apparently so much so that in 1904, it became necessary for an ordinance to limit the speed of vehicles on Monrovia’s main streets to a mere eight miles per hour. Imagine crawling up and down Myrtle Avenue at that rate!
Source: John L. Wiley, History of Monrovia (Pasadena: Press of Pasadena Star-News, 1927), p. 92-93, 96-97.