Get to know El Monte, CA

The city of El Monte lies in the San Gabriel Valley and is known as “The End of the Santa Fe Trail.”  The city began when the Workman-Rowland Party traveled along the Old Spanish Trail in 1841 to the area, and became a stopping point for those coming west in the Gold Rush.  The first permanent residents settled there in 1849.  The fertile land made El Monte a successful agricultural community that grew during the 19th century.  It was a Confederate stronghold during the Civil War.  The establishment of a Southern Pacific Railroad depot in 1873 brought growth to El Monte.  The city was incorporated in 1912.  It was a site of the New Deal’s Subsistence Homestead project and many Dust Bowl migrants settled in El Monte.  It is considered the birthplace of TV variety shows, with the production of Hometown Jamboree in the 1950’s taking place at the American Legion Stadium.  This stadium also served as the stage for rock & roll shows forced out of Los Angeles.  It hosted The Beatles and The Beach Boys in 1964.  The largest employers in El Monte are the El Monte City School District and the El Monte Union High School District. One notable resident was jockey Willie Shoemaker.

Quick Facts

Population: 115,711

Median Household Income: $38,085

Median Property Value: $357,800

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