Located in between the San Gabriel and Rio Hondo Rivers, it has been claimed by its residents that anything can grow in the city. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the city has been a popular stopover of Spanish missionaries and soldiers and has then named the area 'El Monte," which means "the mountain" or "the mount" in Spanish. In the early years, the district had become a merely camping place for the early settlers, however, when the stage station was established, and that the first houses and a schoolhouse were built. The depot for the Southern Pacific Railroad was established, which has then spurred in the development of the city's local agriculture, wherein it also has extensive fruit orchards and walnut fields. At present, El Monte is part of the residential suburb of Los Angeles.
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