Duarte is located on historic U.S. Route 66 which is today follows Huntington Drive through the middle of the city. The town holds an annual Salute to Route 66 Parade on the third weekend in September on Huntington Drive, which is part of the Historic U.S. Route 66. 
At the present, Duarte is called "City of Health" due to the fact it has The City of Hope a cancer research and hospital, there are more than 300 physicians and scientists and over 2,500 employees work to find the causes of and cures for cancer and other life-threatening disease, including diabetes and HIV/AIDS.
Brief History of Duarte...
Andres Duarte and his wife were granted around 7,000 acres of land in the upper San Gabriel Valley. He named his estate "Rancho Azusa de Duarte". By the mid-1800s, most of the original land had been sold in order to pay off debts. Dr. Nehemiah Beardslee, one of the purchasers began the first school  in Duarte and founded the first water lines. In due course, all the land was sub-divided and sold off into individual lots. The community grew over the years. By 1957, many of the Duarte inhabitants desired incorporation and it was officially incorporated on August 22, 1957.

Things To Do in Duarte
Those who like horse races can visit Santa Anita Race Track, which is located only 5 miles from Duarte. The city has many museums and parks that are great places to visit with family members and friends. There are many good restaurants in the city that serve an array of mouthwatering traditional and continental delicacies.  

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Education in Duarte
The Duarte Unified School District serves students from Duarte, Bradbury and unincorporated communities to the south of Duarte and Monrovia. The district contains five elementary schools, one middle school, one high school and one continuation high school. There are five licensed private schools namely Foothill Oaks Academy, The Duarte Montessori School, The School of Little Scholar, ABC School and The Hayden Child Care Center

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Duarte History

Duarte Parks & Recreation

Duarte Senior Citizen Center

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