Steve Baker -- City Historian and Monrovia Historical Society's President -- regales us with stories of Monrovia's past.
The founding of the city. Cutthroat railroad deals. The Great Bank Robbery. The fire that consumed a grand hotel and triggered purchase of a real engine. An exploding stove, a trapeze act from a hot air balloon, and a wronged wife with a gun.
These are just a few - 70 more are on our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/MonroviaHistoricalSociety/videos
Eddie Martin got quite a surprise when he visited the local merchant, as did the other customers.
You don't want to be caught messing around with Mrs. DeArmen's husband or you might find yourself on the wrong end of a gun.
Monrovia's founders were intent on it being a "dry" town -- with no "tippling houses" or other temptations.
An early Monrovia family -- the Baxters -- and their experience of the 1918 pandemic.
Lucky Baldwin created his own 1890s version of drive-up banking on Myrtle Avenue in Monrovia.
Lucky Baldwin was out-smarted by someone he owed money to. It was a rare event.
The man who was Lucky Baldwin's ranch foreman, whose land became central to the town of Monrovia.
Don't try this at home. A hot air balloon and a trapeze are not a winning combination.
Lucinda Garcia confronted her Catholic church and its policies that had treated Mexicans differently from other parishioners. It changed because of her.
A walk through the new tracts that drove growth in Monrovia's early years.
This remarkable architect designed many fine homes in Monrovia.
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