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.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Monrovia Police

One of Monrovia's police officers, Sgt. Dan Verna, was shot twice early Sunday morning while attempting to arrest a suspected burglar. He is doing well but is still in the hospital.

As I've said before, this website is meant to focus on the positive images, desirable aspects and the sense of community in Monrovia. It is in no small part that, through the efforts of the Monrovia police department, those depictions are even possible.

The Monrovia police have had a lot to deal with lately in addition to their day to day duties. I want to take this opportunity to thank Sgt. Dan Verna, the entire Monrovia police department, the CHP and all the law enforcement organizations that have provided support recently.

Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery.

More info, links and public comments at the Foothill Cities blog.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Flying In The Shadows

Another of the interesting things to see behind the stores in Old Town Monrovia. This is located above what at one time was the entrance to Uncle Kal's Underground Slot Car Raceway.

Friday, March 28, 2008


The last rains we had turned a lot of the hillsides a beautiful shade of green.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Home or Office

The sign says commercial real estate and the property is surrounded by a commercial area, but if this was located in a residential neighborhood it would make a very nice home.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Huntington Oaks Panorama

Panorama of the Huntington Oaks Shopping Center early in the morning.

Tried to push things a little with this photo just to see what would happen. This final image is made up of 17 individual images stitched together into the final result above. I wish I could have posted the full size image but it was just too large.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Krikorian Theatre Side Street

Here's another from my night of photography last week. This is the south side of the theatre with a nice big public parking lot across the street.

For those not familiar with the city, let me place this photo in relation to previous photo's I've posted. Across the street is the building that use to house the bowling alley and if you could pan to the right, you would see fire station #101.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Colorado Commons Interior at Night

Revisiting this new construction at night with the working fountain in the foreground. The walkway on the right leads north.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Monrovia Fire Station 101 at Night

Since I hadn't done so in awhile, I went out last week at night to take some photo's around town. Here's the fire station that I had previously posted a daytime photo of here.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Formerly Fotomat

There were a lot of these little Fotomat buildings built in large parking lots where you could drop off your film and pick up your prints. Now they're used for all kinds of businesses. I've seen watch repair, this one sells cigarettes. You just can't be claustrophobic to work in one.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Normally celebrated on the 17th, this year it was moved up 2 days:

From Wikipedia:

The date of the feast is occasionally moved by church authorities when March 17 falls during Holy Week; this happened in 1940 when Saint Patrick's Day was observed on 3 April in order to avoid it coinciding with Palm Sunday, and is happening again now in 2008, as it is being held today, March 15.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

This Used To Be...#11

Crocker Bank.
Now the building includes: Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Quizno's and a Teri & Yaki.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Sawpit Dam

Although no longer used, it's still a pretty impressive structure.

The Dam belongs to L.A. County but there's been talk for a while now about transferring it to the City of Monrovia.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Hiking Above Monrovia

Going back into the archives for another photo from this hike. Click on the photo for a larger version and you can see some of the other hikers just below the center of the photo.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Bears Have Been Here

Claw marks on a utility pole spotted while on yesterday's hike.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Moss and Tree

Took a hike up the fire road that parallels the Ben Overturff trail above Monrovia Canyon Park.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Old And New

More from what's behind the buildings in Old Town Monrovia.

I think it shows an interesting timeline for this one spot. Things get added, things get changed, some things stay the same. You end up with a somehow appealing hodge podge of history.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Henry's Market Coming To Monrovia

The former Lucky's Supermarket pictured above on the left has been vacant for many years. Finally, according to the 02/29/2008 City Manager's Report, Henry's Market and other as yet unspecified businesses will be coming to the shopping center.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008


A more permanent solution than just locking the doors.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

This Used To Be...#10

Scardino's Pizza. Prior to moving here, they were located in the shopping center at the corner of May Ave. and Foothill Blvd.

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