Friday, August 7, 2015


A relic of the past will be around for awhile to see the future. Monrovia Historic Preservation Group (MOPHG) and a private citizen stepped forward to save the last remaining vestige of Monrovia's horse and buggy past. The carriage barn, built in 1890, was slated for demolition when the new owners of the property wanted to build a second house on their lot. MOPHG members pledged money to move the barn to a new site and a private owner agreed to house the barn and pay for reconstruction. Jimmy Hendrix coordinated the move and restoration. A small celebration for the completion of the project was held on Saturday, July 4, 2015. Pictures courtesy Ms. Annette. They were taken before the completion of the barn.

Story based on article appearing in Monrovia Weekly, July 2-8, 2015, pages 1 & 12.


This is a quick random facts about Monrovia section. The question: DID YOU KNOW?

1.  Monrovia had its own marching band, started in 1889 by avid musician Albert E. Cronenwett. Mr. C. owned a jewelry store and optician shop and played the cornet. The band was affectionately known as Cronie's Band.

2.  Continuing in the musical vein, Monrovia had not one, but two orchestras. Both were formed in 1906. The Apollo Club started one of the orchestras and the other was called the Aeolian Orchestra.

3.  Monrovia had its own airport, originally called the Foothill Flying Club before being named Monrovia Airport. It operated from 1928 - 1953.

4.  Two brothers started a juice stand near the airport and called it the Airdrome. By 1940, they moved their operation to San Bernardino under the now ubiquitous name, McDonald's.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Monrovia - Incorporated 4th in Los Angeles County

You may have heard it from time to time: Monrovia is the fourth oldest city in Los Angeles County. Well - yes and no. It certainly and definitively was the 4th city to be incorporated in the County, after Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Santa Monica. But it was not the fourth city founded in the County. A cursory noodling around yielded many cities that were around before Monrovia was a gleam in William Monroe's eye.

Los Angeles:  1781
Baldwin Park, formerly known as Vineland:  1860
Compton:  1869

Then the County woke up and got busy. 1874 was a very popular year with the founding of Pasadena, Santa Monica, and Alhambra, followed in 1875 by Pomona and 1878 by South Pasadena. Covina was founded in 1882, with La Puente hard on its heels in 1884.

By 1886, when Monrovia was founded, a veritable landslide of towns popped up and by the time Monrovia incorporated in 1887, the County was well on its way to the full complement of 88 cities we have today.