El Monte is a residential, industrial, and commercial city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. The city’s slogan is “Welcome to Friendly El Monte,” and is historically known as “The End of the Santa Fe Trail.” As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 113,475, down from 115,965 at the 2000 census.
Sitting between the San Gabriel and Rio Hondo Rivers, El Monte was literally an oasis or island in the middle of the dry San Gabriel Valley. Residents claim that anything could be grown here due to the two rivers. Between 1770 and 1830, Spanish soldiers and missionaries often stopped here for respite. They called the area, ‘El Monte,’ which in Spanish means ‘meadow or marsh’ or ‘the wooded place.’
A bit of history
El Monte was incorporated as a municipality in 1912. Between 1933 and 1936, a series of economic programs was implemented in the United States. They were passed by the U.S. Congress during the first term of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The programs were Roosevelt’s responses to the Great Depression, and focused on what historians call the “3 Rs”: Relief, Recovery, and Reform. El Monte became a vital site for the federal Subsistence Homestead project, a Resettlement Administration program that helped relocate qualified struggling urban and rural families to communities planned by the federal government.
El Monte built the Santa Fe Trail Historical Park in 1989, at Valley Blvd and Santa Anita Ave., representing the historical significance of the Santa Fe Trail. The El Monte Historical Museum at 3150 Tyler Avenue, is considered to be one of the best community museums in the state of California.
Living in El Monte
The El Monte City Council has five members. To learn more about its government, parks, recreation and leisure services, including senior citizens clubs, visit its website. For a list of El Monte churches, click here.
The El Monte City School District contains 17 elementary schools: one serving grades K-4, one serving grades K-5, ten serving grades K-6, and six serving grades K-8. The district also administers four Head Start (preschool) sites, which are located at the elementary schools.
The Mountain View School District is a K-8 school district comprising ten elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, an alternative education program for students in grades 5-8, and a Children’s Center and Head Start/ State Preschool program.
The El Monte Union High School District consists of six high schools and one adult school.
The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services operates the Monrovia Health Center in Monrovia, serving El Monte. The El Monte Comprehensive Health and Mammography Center is located on Ramona Blvd. in El Monte. It offers medical and dental services for low-income individuals, but is not an emergency center.
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