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El Monte's Hicks Camp: A Mexican Barrio

From the 1910s until its demolition in 1972, Hicks Camp was one of the most vibrant neighborhoods of El Monte.

About the Author

Daniel Morales was born in South El Monte and grew up in nearby Azusa, California. He is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University. He studies the economic and social history of the United States and Mexico, particularly the cre...
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