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Monrovia Myrtle street

One of Monrovia's claims to fame is that this small city  has its own movie theater, unlike other foothill towns. Banners along Myrtle Avenue display the names of famous Monrovians, among them actor Eric Estrada.

Monrovia, a city about a 15 minute drive to the east of Pasadena, has won an All American City award.  Currently its population is slightly over 37,000.  The median income is around $50,000.

Monrovia is well-known in Southern California for its open air market with a party atmosphere which is held on Friday evenings.  For a few hours its main street, Myrtle Avenue, fills up with farmers selling vegetables and fruits, booths selling crafts and other goods, and long picnic tables where families eat platters of ribs.  Of course, there is music, too.
 

  Monrovia old time jail The upper story of this building once housed the Monrovia jail.  Hangings were held out back during the city's younger, wilder days.  Today three shops occupy the street level on Myrtle Avenue.

 

Mark Twain statue in Monrovia california Across Lime St. from the old jail is Library Park with a statue of Mark Twain watching the good citizens of Monrovia. 


As with all the old foothills cities at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, the homes near the town center were built in the early 1900s.  Decade after decade newer homes were built higher and
 higher into the hills.


craftsman home Monrovia california
The streets near downtown Monrovia are lined with old Craftsman bungalows and Victorian cottages.  There are also some beautiful old mansions along Greystone.

 

Monrovia California homes Drive uphill along winding streets beyond the bungalows and the architecture changes from California Craftsman to ranch homes built in the 1950s and '60s.  Even higher -- with even better views--are spacious contemporary homes. 



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