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, February 2, 2015

Samson The Hot Tub Bear Monument Breaks Apart

Sad news.  The head has fallen off the monument to Monrovia's famous Samson the Hot Tub Bear.

The statue, located in front of the nature center in Monrovia Canyon Park, has been pretty much eaten away on the inside over the years.  Volunteers are planning an attempt at repair but based on the condition, any fix will probably be a temporary one.

There was even a book written about Samson by one time local TV news anchor Wendy Tokuda - Samson the Hot Tub Bear: A True Story.

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