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.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Double Vision

Another view of the Monrovia Train Depot. Just around the corner of the building from yesterday's photo, but a completely different feel.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Monrovia Kohl's Is Now Open

The store opened this morning. The official Grand Opening is this Wednesday, September 30th at 7am.

The store is located at 504 W. Huntington Dr. in the Huntington Oaks shopping center.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Sierra Cup Closed

Closed a couple of weeks ago.  Sorry to see them go.  I really liked their frozen yogurt.

Friday, September 25, 2009

New Veterans Memorial

The new Veterans Memorial installed at the base of the flagpoles in front of the Monrovia Public Library.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Canyon Park Closed (Again) - Red Flag Warning*

UPDATE 09/26/2009: Monrovia Canyon Park has been re-opened.

I'm a little behind with this one. Monrovia Canyon Park had reopened a little over a week ago after being closed due to the Station fire. The park was closed again a couple of days ago (and is still closed) due to the change in the weather (red flag warning). This time it's a day to day thing, depending on the weather conditions. The park is closed to both vehicles and walk ins. Call first before heading up there.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Station Fire Map - 9/21/2009

This is the map set up outside the Monrovia Pavilions supermarket on the corner of Foothill Blvd. and Myrtle Ave.  The fire is now 94% contained with full containment pushed back to Thursday.  I circled the 6% above that is not yet contained.  It is the section directly above the cities of Arcadia, Sierra Madre and Monrovia.  Let's hope the Santa Ana winds are milder than expected and this fire gets fully contained.

I believe this map is updated daily.  If you're in the area, check it out.

Monday, September 21, 2009


The building in the 100 block of E. Colorado Blvd. that was once home to Diron Services and the Canadian Cafe has been torn down.  Anyone know what the plans are for this location?

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Saturday, September 19, 2009

2009 Monrovia Hot Rod And Custom Car Show

Held today from 9am to 3pm on Myrtle Ave, in downtown Monrovia.  Presented by Street Rods Forever.

Friday, September 18, 2009

New Monrovia Walgreens Construction

In the Henry's Market shopping center.  The new Walgreen's will be west of Henry's and behind the McDonald's on the corner of Huntington and Mayflower.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Living Spaces Monrovia Accepting Applications

The new Monrovia Living Spaces is accepting applications in their parking lot Monday through Friday from 10am - 4pm. 
Address: 407 W Huntington Dr Monrovia, CA 91016 (Formerly the EXPO Design Center building).
Phone number: (626) 471-9063.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Clouds Replace Smoke Over Mountains

 Much cooler weather finally.  Overcast early yesterday, even had a little mist on my windshield in the morning.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Station Fire Ash On Spider Web

Now that the sky is blue and the smoke is not as readily visible, it's easy to forget the fire is still burning out of control in the local forest.  The Station fire is 87% contained with full containment, hopefully, by the end of the week.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Monrovia Krikorian Theatre Interior

Looking through the front door of the Krikorian Theatre in Old Town Monrovia.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Monrovia Kohl's Progress

Looking through the front door, preparations appear to be moving along nicely for opening day.

Monday, September 7, 2009

The End Of Summer

When I was a kid, Labor Day always meant the end of summer. School always started right afterward. These days schools start at many different times, often before Labor Day, so it may not have the same impact on school kids. This photo is for my childhood, when summer was over and buses, books and school were right around the corner.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Spirit Halloween - Monrovia

A temporary Spirit Halloween store will be opening up for the Halloween season in the recently vacated Circuit City store at 745 W. Huntington Drive.  I don't have an exact date but it will be opening this month.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Smoke And Big M

Smoke clouds and a big air assault to watch today but the fire is keeping to the north.

According to Inciweb:

At this time the fire intensity in this area is very low and the fire is spreading very slowly.
So, a good show today but not much more. That's a good thing.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Smoke Clouds Above Monrovia

Containment up to 42%.  The clouds make it clear that, just because no flames are visible here, the fire is still going strong.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

3 Hummingbirds

It seems like a good time to take a fire break. 

The fire seems to have slowed, containment is up to 38%, and the foothill cities (including Monrovia) appear to be catching a break.

Enjoy 3 hummingbirds whose only care in the world is getting an empty spot at the feeder.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Refilling At The Sawpit Dam Helipad

The helipad had been set up as a refilling area for the helicopters fighting the Station fire.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

City Daily Photo Theme Day: Big

Pyrocumulus cloud.

The combining of the "Big" theme and the wildfire raging out of control in the local mountains seemed unavoidable. I can't think of anything bigger, or more devastating, here at the moment than the Station fire and the accompanying smoke clouds.

That's Mt. Wilson in the lower left with the transmission towers.
Click image for larger version.

Click the link below to see how photobloggers across the world interpret the theme today of "Big":

Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

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