March 13, 2017: Since I started Gem City Images way back in 2007, the photos posted here have been (almost) exclusively of Monrovia. All my other photos have been posted to various social media sites like Flickr, Instagram and Facebook.

While that seemed like a good idea, in reality it led to a lack of consistency that was frustrating for me and made it hard to follow along with the latest photos.

So, starting now, Gem City Images will no longer be exclusively Monrovia. If you still want to see Monrovia only, you can always click the "Monrovia" label on the right side but hopefully you'll follow along for the whole experience.

Even though Gem City Images refers to Monrovia, I decided to keep that as the blog name. No matter where I go, The Gem City is where it all started.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

In The News

I always envisioned this site as providing a more or less idealized version of Monrovia.

Lately though, the 800 pound gorilla in the room has been staring me down for so long that I must acknowledge it.

The image above of a news van in the city has become all too common due to these events.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

This Used To Be...#8

...McBratney's Department Store. Located on the northwest corner of Lemon and Myrtle, I remember it as a very nice store with 2 floors - street level and lower level.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

This Used To Be...#7

...a very small bowling alley. I barely remember walking there one day but don't have any memory of going inside. I do remember the sounds of people bowling that I could hear from the parking lot behind the building.

Now it's a Prudential California Realty, Scoops Ice Cream and a gym at the rear of the building.

Thanks to the Monrovia Historical Museum for confirming my memories.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Rainbow Over Monrovia

We had two somewhat unusual weather events yesterday. The first was the early morning hail, the second was this late morning rainbow.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Hail! Monrovia

It doesn't happen often, but it hailed early this morning in Monrovia.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Neff Instrument Corporation

Will this lot become attached housing units, luxury apartment units or ?

Monday, January 21, 2008

Poison Oak

This stuff is everywhere in our local mountains.

"Leaves of three,
let it be.
It's no joke,
it's poison oak!"

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Monrovia Public Library: Gone

Destruction, done. Construction can now begin.
Photo looking east towards Myrtle Ave.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Monday, January 14, 2008

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Debris Basin After Rain

Here's the same area from yesterday's photo only this time looking south. The storm gives it a completely different look and feel.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Clearing The Debris Basin

L. A. County has been clearing out the debris basin that runs along the entry road up to Monrovia Canyon Park. As you can see, everything goes, including the top 12 feet of soil.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Sunset - New Year's Day

Taken from the former site of the temporary fire station at the corner of Olive and Ivy Avenues.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year!

Coming up with a photo of Monrovia that also said "Happy New Year" was more difficult than I expected. Then it hit me: Colorado Blvd!

The biggest events around here on New Year's Day are the Rose Bowl and The Rose Parade. The Rose Parade route is along Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena. Colorado Blvd. extends to, and actually ends in, Monrovia.

That's the connection. The photo above is where Colorado Blvd. crosses Myrtle Ave. in the heart of Old Town Monrovia. Happy New Year!

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