Did you know that before the golden statue named Oscar was first given to motion pictures in 1929, there was a film studio in Monrovia? Called the Monrovia Feature Film Company, it was started in the fall of 1915. Confidence was high that the venture would be a success and the many investors purchased 154 acres in the foothills of Monrovia on which to build studios, dining halls, dressing rooms, and administration buildings. The studio also used local houses and hired Monrovia citizens as actors and extras. The first film, named "The Argonauts of '49" was about early California settlers, as was the second film "A Daughter of the Dons."
Here is a photo of the first Pacific Electric car in Monrovia--March 1, 1903.
Earlier, the city fathers had awarded a contract for the Olive Street Railway in 1901, the fare to Los Angeles not to exceed 25 cents. This system was superseded by the Big Red Cars of the Pacific Electric Railway.
To get ready for this future, the city council passed an ordinance to prohibit expectoration in public buildings, sideways, and the floor of street railways.
There's a display about the Big Red Cars at the Monrovia Historical Museum and you can even ring a trolley bell! The museum,l at 742 E. Lemon, is open Thursdays and Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m. #mymonrovia