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Narrated Tour of Historic Monrovia

Monrovia Historical Society Narrated Tours are Back by Popular Demand!

Take a tour of the historic sites in Monrovia with our City Historian Steve Baker!

Those who participate will be entertained, enlightened, and gain a new sense of how Monrovia became the ‘Gem’ it is today! Each tour lasts an hour and a half, and takes place while riding in an air-conditioned shuttle. 

Space is limited to 14 people per tour, so reserve your seat early!


$50 per person per tour OR $175 per person if you buy tickets to all 4 tours at once

$40 for Monrovia Historical Society members

All proceeds will go to the Monrovia Historical Society to help us preserve and share our City’s history. 

Reserve Your Spot: 

To buy your tickets or for more information, please contact the Monrovia Historical Society at (626) 256-3423, or email at

Tour #1 – June 24, 2017, 10 a.m. — The Northwest Quarter of Monrovia - SOLD OUT!

We’ll begin at the very spot when Mr. & Mrs. Monroe first fell in love with the area, then take you to where they camped as they planned to build their homes before the first land sale was held and tell you about the other fathers (and mothers) of our wonderful city. You’ll learn where the names of our streets came from and the beginnings of our train and water systems, famous architects who designed our buildings. You’ll see how city blocks then filled with all styles (from ‘kit’ houses to prime examples of period architectural) to create our eclectic neighborhoods.

Tour #2 – July 22, 2017, 10 a.m. – The Northeast Quarter of Monrovia - SOLD OUT!

“The Keefer Oak Grove & Ocean View Subdivisions” – grand estates of early residents, the story of fruit orchards and T.B. sanitariums, the Maryknoll Sisters Community, Canyon Park’s beginnings, Hansel & Gretel cottage on Norembega, the Encinitas Historic District.

Tour #3 – August 26, 2017, 10 a.m. – The Southeast Quarter of Monrovia

Historic homes of Wild Rose Historic Districts, the old Monrovia airport, the old Monrovia Plunge, old Route 66, origins of Live Oak cemetery, the story of Bradbury and West Duarte, Fig – a neighborhood rich in stories. Shiloh AME Zion, Second Baptist and Immaculate Conception Churches, Huntington Elementary School, the Municipal Auto Park, the Jones Family., John Isaac Wesley Fisher – blacksmith and ferrier.

Tour #4 – September 23, 2017, 10 a.m. – The Southwest Quarter of Monrovia

The ‘Spence Addition’, modest cottages of Monrovia’s working class, the site that became Monrovia High School, Mayflower Village (‘Cowtown’) and nearby dairy, the historic train depot, Monroe School – site of Monrovia’s first public school (Orange Ave.), “Highway Square” – early planned development Ca 1908). Monrovia’s ‘panhandle’ and water well.

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