As the fourth oldest general law city in Los Angeles County and the Los Angeles Basin, Monrovia enjoys the stability,tradition and heritage few communities realize in Southern California. Established in 1887 as an incorporated city, Monrovia has grown from a sparse community of orange ranches to a lovely residential community of some 37.000 residents. The city boasts a fine cultural background rich in tradition, yet progressive and forward thinking in business and industry. It has become a center of industry and manufacturing, businesses of all sizes and shopping. It's beginning dates back to 1769, when all land in California became vested to the King of Spain. The first white man to visit the San Gabriel Valley, including Monrovia,was Don Gaspar Portola, commander of the first expedition into the area in 1769. With him were two missionaries from Father Junipero Serra's Franciscan order of Mexico, Juan Crespi and Francisco Gomez, the former being the diarist of the expedition.
People traveling between Los Angeles and San Bernardino Mission traveled "via Monroe's Ranch". The city was established in 1886, and we called Monrovia. It later was named "Gem City of the Foothills" because of its choice location and excellent climate.The town was incorporated under the leadership of prohibitionists who wished to control the arrival of an welcomed saloon.The first order of business for the newly formed government was to pass a tippler's law, prohibiting the sale of alcohol.
Economic Development of MonroviaThe City of Monrovia is dedicated to serving the needs of existing and new businesses. There is no utility tax and city fees are well below the average of other San Gabriel Valley cities. Years of commitment to quality development has given Monrovia a solid reputation with business and the development community.
|Monrovia History||Monrovia Recreation Division|
|Monrovia Public Library||Monrovia Senior Citizen Services|