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Monrovia is a city located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles County, California, United States. The population was 36,590 at the 2010 census, down from 36,929 at the 2000 census. Monrovia has been used for filming TV shows, movies and commercials.

Old Town Monrovia

Old Town

Monrovia’s Old Town is the heart of the community. Revitalized from the once dilapitated state it found itself in the 1970s, today it has become a regional attraction and local necessity for those who live, work and play in Monrovia.

Sense of Place

It’s where Monrovia began. It’s where Monrovia gathers today for civic events, for parades and for the Family Festival street fair and farmer’s market…

Sense of Community

Every Friday night, from March through to Christmas, thousands of residents and visitors alike mingle at the largest street fair of its kind in the state, with craft and food booths, kiddie rides, a certified farmer’s market, live music and more.

Live, Work and Play

Old Town is where the entire region comes for shopping, dining and entertainment in a unique atmosphere.

Myrtle Avenue’s shops and restaurants, it’s 12-screen movie palace and its small-town ambiance, combined with plenty of free parking, draw shoppers and diners alike. But small businesses thrive above the shops as well, and people live in condos and flats within Old Town, making it a living community, a safe and people-friendly neighborhood.

“Town Square”

Library Park, with its new 28,000-square-foot Public Library, band shell, playground, fountain, shaded walkways, specimen trees and veterans memorials, is a quiet “town square” at the core of this thriving district.


Monrovia Unified School District operates public schools.

Monrovia High School was built in 1887. It was located where Monroe School now stands, and housed the entire elementary and high school student body. A new high school on the property now occupied by Clifton Middle School was erected in 1905, and in 1912 was greatly expanded by the addition of new buildings. In 1928 a high school to serve the communities of Monrovia, Arcadia and Duarte was built. The same structure now serves only Monrovia students, as the elementary and high school district were unified into one district in 1961. The district now has one high school, one continuation school, two middle schools and five elementary schools, and is part of the Citrus Community College District. There are three parochial schools in Monrovia.

The city’s schools are:

  • Bradoaks Elementary School, K-5, 930 E. Lemon
  • Calvary Road Baptist Academy, K-12, 319 W. Olive
  • Canyon Early Learning Center, public pre-K, 1000 South Canyon
  • Canyon Oaks High School (public alternative), 7-12, 930 Royal Oaks Drive
  • Church of the Nazarene, K-6 303 W. Colorado
  • Clifton Middle School, 6-8, 226 S. Ivy
  • First Lutheran School, pre-K-8, 1323 South Magnolia
  • First Presbyterian Church Preschool, 101 E. Foothill Blvd.
  • Immaculate Conception School, K-8, 726 Shamrock
  • Joe Ferrante Music Academy, K-12, 126 E. Colorado Blvd.
  • Mayflower Elementary School, K-5, 210 North Mayflower
  • Monroe Elementary School, K-5, 402 W. Colorado
  • Monrovia Community Adult School 920 South Mountain
  • Monrovia High School 9-12, 845 W. Colorado Boulevard
  • Monrovia Mountain School, public Alternative K-8, 950 S. Mountain Avenue
  • Mt. Sierra College, An accredited Bachelor’s Degree granting institution, 101 E Huntington Dr
  • Plymouth Elementary K-5, 1300 Boley Street
  • Santa Fe Middle School 6-8, 148 W. Duarte Road
  • Serendipity Early Care and Education Center, K, 940 W. Duarte Road
  • Wild Rose Elementary, A California Distinguished School K-5, 232 Jasmine
  • Vista Ridge Academy, 1311S. Shamrock
Data: Wikipedia

History of Monrovia

All the warmth of Southern California and the advantages of a gorgeous natural environment unite to create a place that is at once beautiful, historic, cultural, economically diverse and inviting. Located 20 miles northeast of Los Angeles at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, Monrovia is part of the San Gabriel Valley, just eight miles east of the City of Pasadena in Los Angeles County.

This growing city of nearly 40,000 residents distinguishes itself from other communities with its dynamic small-town charm and collection of high-tech industry. A world of amenities is available here: everything from world-class cultural facilities to glorious recreational outlets to top-rated education and healthcare is available right at residents’ fingertips.

Monrovia is ideally positioned to continue its trend for controlled growth. The city’s vibrant economy fosters enhanced job creation while a commitment to revitalization and development ensures that Monrovia maintains its attractive neighborhoods. Visitors are encouraged to experience all that Monrovia has to offer: a welcoming community, the brilliant California backdrop and the promise for a prosperous future.


During the late 1880s, a group of men who were successful in both banking and railroad building converted what had once been part of the vast lands of Mission San Gabriel into a community. With only scattered homes and several dirt roads, they managed to build a small town that was “typical of its time, yet unique in spirit.” It still is.

On May 17, 1886, lots were sold for the first time at $100 or $150 each; however, to purchase a lot, each owner was required to build a house within the first six months (which cost at least $2,000). This protected the town from land speculators and allowed it to survive during the collapse of the land boom several years later. The founders, as officers and directors of the Monrovia Land and Water Company, promised to plant 8,000 pepper trees along the streets, provide free water to the town and install electric streetlights. The company’s president was William Monroe. Monroe was not the first settler in the City of Monrovia. He was, however, the most important of the founders and the town is named for him.

Following the Civil War, Monroe was superintendent of construction for the Southern Pacific Railroad. In 1875, after several lines were built, he moved his family to Los Angeles. By 1880 he had become a member of the Los Angeles City Council and was very active in the community. He left Los Angeles in 1882 for another construction project but returned in 1884. With money earned from the construction project and from the sale of a railroad car of mules, Monroe bought 210 acres of Rancho Santa Anita from E.J. “Lucky” Baldwin. He moved his family into a tent on the property until they built a small cottage where they lived until their permanent home, “The Oaks,” was completed. “The Oaks” is still standing at 250 N. Primrose Avenue. Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia’s Main Street, is named for his elder daughter Myrtle.

The Monroe family periodically returned to Monrovia many times over the years. Mrs. Monroe died at the age of 86 in 1932, and three years later, Mr. Monroe died at the age of 94. William Monroe and his family are buried in Live Oak Cemetery on Duarte Road in Monrovia. William Monroe found success in a variety of careers, including school teacher, banker, hotel manager, mayor, council member, real estate developer, broker, railroad contractor and railroad superintendent. He will be remembered here, though, for the town he founded.

Data: City of Monrovia Site

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