East of East

10911 Michael Hunt Drive

For me, Epiphany Church was the first place in which I was part of a larger community that extended beyond my family. It was youth, and it's still my South El Monte.

About the Author

Toni Margarita Plummer is the author of The Bolero of Andi Rowe, a story collection set in South El Monte and the San Gabriel Valley.
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Rush Street, South El Monte

Rush Street, South El Monte

Rush Street is hardly a destination or scenic route; and yet for me, this street has marked itself upon me, silently engrained its name in phantom scars. It started as an unlikely ...
A Brief History (and Geography) of the San Gabriel Valley

A Brief History (and Geography) of the San Gabriel Valley

An ancestral home of the indigenous Gabrielino/Tongva people, San Gabriel Valley today is the largest majority Latina/o and Asian American region in the U.S.
1181 Durfee Avenue: 1983 to 1986

1181 Durfee Avenue: 1983 to 1986

A memoir of love, bmx bikes and arcades with South El Monte's Golfland as the setting.
El Monte's Hicks Camp: A Mexican Barrio

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.
Punk Flyers from El Monte and the Greater San Gabriel Valley Scene

Punk Flyers from El Monte and the Greater San Gabriel Valley Scene

For many youth east of the L.A. punk scene the suburban backyard became the ideal venue for a neighborhood gig.
Punk and the Seamstress

Punk and the Seamstress

Punk's impact and longevity in El Monte continues to be a source for creativity and is deeply rooted in the immigrant experience of youth that sought an alternative to a very disma ...
Memories of El Monte: Art Laboe's Charmed Life On Air

Memories of El Monte: Art Laboe's Charmed Life On Air

Laboe came to El Monte because regulations in the city of Los Angeles did not allow public dances for patrons under 18, who formed the core of Laboe's audience.
Ricardo Flores Magón and the Anarchist Movement in Southern California

Ricardo Flores Magón and the Anarchist Movement in Southern California

As an anarchist-in-exile, one of the many stops during his stay in "El Norte" was none other than El Monte, California.
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