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El Monte in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

El Monte

 
 
El Monte Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 21, 2005
1. El Monte Marker
Inscription.  El Monte, on the bank of the San Gabriel River, played a significant part in California's early pioneer history. It was first an encampment on the Old Spanish Trail, an extension of the trail from Missouri to Santa Fe. By the 1850's some began to call El Monte the "End of the Santa Fe Trail." Early in that decade a permanent settlement was esablished here by immigrants from Texas. The first settlement in Southern California founded by citizens of the United States.
 
Erected 1987 by State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the City of El Monte. (Marker Number 975.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable PlacesRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the Old Spanish National Trail series lists.
 
Location. 34° 4.478′ N, 118° 2.522′ W. Marker is in El Monte, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from Santa Anita Avenue south
El Monte Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 21, 2005
2. El Monte Marker
of Valley Boulevard, on the right when traveling south. The marker is located at the Santa Fe Trail Historical Park on the southwest corner. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3675 Santa Anita Avenue, El Monte CA 91731, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Frederick G. Exner Memorial Windmill (within shouting distance of this marker); Lady Liberty (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Lion (approx. 0.8 miles away); Gay’s Lion Farm (approx. 0.9 miles away); John Tibbett (approx. 1˝ miles away); Japanese Markers (approx. 1˝ miles away); Samuel King (approx. 1˝ miles away); Dr. Thomas A. Mayes (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in El Monte.
 
More about this marker. The park is closed to the public and the city has no plans to reopen it. The plaque has been removed and placed in storage.

The City of El Monte promotes itself as the “End of the Santa Fe Trail” only because the original settlers traveled west on that trail to Santa Fe before continuing on to California. The Santa Fe Trail did not extend to California.
 
Santa Fe Trail Hisorical Park image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 21, 2005
3. Santa Fe Trail Hisorical Park
A tribute to the pioneer spirit that founded the
City of El Monte. This park commemorates the
courage and unity of effort of past, present and
future citizens and gives recognition to the
unfailing support of Assemblywoman Sally Tanner (D)
Don McMillen, Mayor
Jeff Marrone, Vice President
Ernest Gutierrez, Councilman
Jack Crippen, Councilman
Dan Morgan, Councilman
Gregory D. Korduner, Administrative Officer
Brian Ogden, Director of Parks and Recreation
Blanche Felix Chairperson, the Santa Fe Trail
Contractor, BoPark Enterprises, Inc.
Architect, Segura Deutschman, Assoc.
Dedicated June 2, 1989
The Frederick G. Exner Memorial Windmill image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 21, 2005
4. The Frederick G. Exner Memorial Windmill
Old El Monte Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 21, 2005
5. Old El Monte Jail Marker
Old El Monte Jail
Built in 1880
by
William R. Dodson
Donated to the
El Monte Historical Society
by his Granddaughter
Old El Monte Jail image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 21, 2005
6. Old El Monte Jail
An American Folk Farm House Built in 1892 in the City of El Monte Township Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 21, 2005
7. An American Folk Farm House Built in 1892 in the City of El Monte Township Marker
An American Folk Farm House Built in
1892 in the City of El Monte Township
Donated by
John E. DeWitt Family
In Memory of
Hap and Kathryn DeWitt
to the
El Monte Historical Society
Mayo - Don McMillen
Vice Mayor - Jack Crippen
Councilman - Dan Morgan
Councilman - Jack Thurston
Councilwoman - Patricia Wallace
City Administrator - Gregory Korduner
Director of Parks and Recreation - Brian Ogden
Museum Curator - Helen Huffines
(In Memoriam)
Contractor - BoPark Enterprises, Inc.
Architect - Segura/Deutschman Assoicates
April 18, 1991
An American Folk Farm House Built in 1892 in the City of El Monte Township image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 21, 2005
8. An American Folk Farm House Built in 1892 in the City of El Monte Township
An American Folk Farm House Built in 1892 in the City of El Monte Township image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 21, 2005
9. An American Folk Farm House Built in 1892 in the City of El Monte Township
Water Tower on Display image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 21, 2005
10. Water Tower on Display
Folk Art Farm House and Water Tower image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 21, 2005
11. Folk Art Farm House and Water Tower
Folk Art Farm House and Water Tower image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 21, 2005
12. Folk Art Farm House and Water Tower
Covered Wagon on Display image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 21, 2005
13. Covered Wagon on Display
Covered Wagon on Display image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 21, 2005
14. Covered Wagon on Display
Pioneer Park image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 21, 2005
15. Pioneer Park
Santa Fe Trail Hisorical Park image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 21, 2005
16. Santa Fe Trail Hisorical Park
Map of the Old Spanish Trail from Sante Fe to Los Angeles image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
17. Map of the Old Spanish Trail from Sante Fe to Los Angeles
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 27, 2011, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 1,447 times since then and 12 times this year. Last updated on December 16, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16. submitted on December 28, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   17. submitted on January 3, 2012. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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