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Monrovia ~ CA

A good haunt for ghosts, this old train depot built in 1926 was once a terminus on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway bringing people from as far away as Chicago to the sunny slopes of the San Gabriel valley. Pending the completion of the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension, this depot will become the nucleus of a "transit village" redevelopment project. Standing here, the Orange Blossom Special comes to mind. And speaking of history and oranges, see what some folks have to say about Monrovia's efforts to preserve its heritage.

Orange groves have been a part of history not just for Redlands, but for cities throughout Southern California. Many cities have included the fruit on their seals and logos. But many don't have orange groves left. It's a fate that appears to be moving to the Inland Empire, which Knight says he doesn't want to suffer. "We're at a crossroads," Knight said. "Are we going to be just like Covina and Monrovia or are we going to try to save something?" - Inland Orange Conservancy


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