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El Monte, California: Lion Farm Lion Statue

Gay's Lion Farm raised and trained 200 African lions for Hollywood films from 1925 to 1942. A bronze lion that sat at its entrance now sits in front of the town high school. The original spot is now marked by a second lion.

Bodger St., El Monte, CA
The original lion is outside El Monte High School Auditorium, which is on the south side of Bodger St. just east of Tyler Ave. The second lion is about a half-mile away, just south of the intersection of Peck Rd and Valley Blvd. A historical marker is on the east side of Peck Rd, just north of Valley Blvd, next to the bus shelter.
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Lion Statue

The lion on the stone pedestal is at the site of the original Gay's Lion Farm, a roadside attraction that was in El Monte. The monument is on the southeast corner of Valley and Peck, alongside the freeway.

[signmanjoe, 07/23/2017]

Lion Farm Lion Statue

Gay's Lion Farm raised and trained 200 African lions for Hollywood films from 1925 to 1942, and was a popular area attraction. A bronze lion statue sat at its entrance, and now sits in front of the El Monte High School Auditorium, on top of a pedestal with a plaque that describes the Farm's history. It was restored in 1979 after pranksters put a hand grenade in its mouth and blew up its head. In 2000 another lion statue and plaque was placed at the Lion Farm site.

[Peter S Tannen, 08/13/2014]

The pranksters of El Monte sound far more dangerous than any lion. July 2017: Photo added.

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