El Monte is a city located in Los Angeles County, California, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 115,965. As of 2002, El Monte is the 191st largest city in the United States. It is also the 44th largest city in California.
The meaning of the city's name is "meadow", "marsh" or "wooded place" and not "mountain". Settlement began in 1849, though missionaries and Spanish soldiers passed through the area as early as the 1770's.
Longo Toyota, located in El Monte, claims to be the largest single auto dealership in the world.
According to United States Census data, the city has one of the poorest, working-class Census tracts in the San Gabirel Valley. See below for Demographics information.
El Monte was home to author James Ellroy and musician Joe McDonald, who performed in the 1960s with Country Joe & the Fish.
Web Sites and Links
A Brief History of El MonteHistory of the city, including the name, beginning with the first Spanish explorers.
City of El MonteOfficial municipal web site.
Games UniversityRuns conventions focusing on demonstration games for roleplaying, card games, board games and miniatures.
Military Vehicle MuseumAmerican military equipment exhibits from all branches of the US armed forces. Hours, directions, listing of vehicles, photos of interior of tanks, vehicles, and exhibits.