County: Joseph County
ABOUT TOWN: Located to the east of Weldman by about 35 minutes, Monitor is the largest city, county seat, and economic heart of Joseph County. Monitor is surrounded by a mix of forested hills, scrublands, and irrigated farmland along the Apache River. To the north of Monitor is the farming suburb town of Apache River and the south, Wenatchee Ridge. Monitor's population continues to increase and the addition of migrant workers to the local fields has helped increase growth.
From the downtown streets of Monitor, it is easy to view the densely forested moutnains of Northwood and Chane County. Joseph County is more populous then both it's neighboring counties to the west, though has more smaller rural farming communities. Farming has been the biggest source of employment in the county and still remains important even with the ever growing service sector.
The Apache River Mall is located east of downtown across the highway. It is the largest shopping center in the county and that stat is true for many surrounding counties. All the big chain stores people love to shop in can be found in the Apache River Mall area. In the historic downtown, things still run at a slower, harkening back the earlier days of Monitor's past. Sadly many historic buildings have been removed, but some still survive, and the town's iconic central garden remains in the heart of town. A large farmers market located in downtown has fresh produce 365 days a year for people to enjoy.
Rail lines, river barges, and highway networks have made Monitor an important crossroads for many supplies. Many packing facilities and warehouses are located in and around the city, with fresh produce and crops from the local fields being sent to other markets.
Monitor has big city services including the Apache River Medical Center and the smaller Monitor General Hospital. There are numerous schools throughout the city as well as a municipal airport, the Joseph County Regional Airport. Next to the airport is the Joseph County Motorspeedway, a fully paved and banked racing facility. It is one of a handful throughout the state, and handles many local events, concerts, Saturday and Sunday races, and much much more. Beside the track is the large city run, Monitor Hills Park. The park features trails, numerous soccer fields, and two baseball fields with lights for nighttime play.
Located east of downtown is the Joseph County Sheriff's Office. The main courthouse is located by the Apache River Mall as well as the jail within the same building. This is the Joseph County Sheriff's Office main headquarters, though another important station is located in Republic down south. A few substations exist around the county. Monitor also has a municipal police force recognized state wide for their professionalism. The Monitor Police Department has two stations within the city, one downtown, and one to the north. There is also a Everson State Patrol office south of town right off the highway. The Monitor Fire Department has a major aerial unit located at the Joseph County Regional Airport as does the state patrol.
Monitor is home to the Apache River College and Monitor Community College. Apache River College is the largest college in a large radius.
Numerous local channels transmit and broadcast from Monitor. Monitor is also home to two local news channels that focus on the region around them including Chane, Northwood, and other counties. They are the farthest east news channels in Everson State. There are many radio stations that broadcast from the city.
LOCATION: Monitor is more dry then nearby Chane and Northwood County by a long ways. It falls within the rain shadow of nearby mountains to the west. It is located on the Apache River and sits within a valley known as the Apache River Valley.
HISTORY: The area was settled in the early 1850's, and earlier by the indigenous people. When white settlers moved in, the area was transformed into farming land. The first population boom for Monitor started in the 1860s with the opening of river boats that sailed up and down the Apache River. The railroad was constructed to help move timber out faster. With the construction of Chase Pass in the 1920's, Goods were able to move by trucks west across the mountains. It also allowed people to drive across the Chase Mountains for the first time.
ATTRACTIONS: The hillsides around the town and the mountain views. Town festivals and close to recreation. Downtown shops provide a unique flair with many outdoorsman, hunting, and inns. The Apache River Mall as well as the Joseph County Motorspeedway. The Apache River has many recreational activities.
(An aerial of Monitor proper as it stretches along the east side of the Apache River.)
(Downtown Monitor looking to the southwest.)
(Located on Monitor Hill, the Joseph County Motorspeedway is located next the the Joseph County Regional Airport. Both are located north of town.)
(A packing facility located outside of Monitor.)
(The main highway as it makes it's way southeast into Monitor. A common site will be farmland on both sides, as well as large trucks taking goods to other markets.)
(Apache River Mall shopping area. It is the largest shopping district in many counties.)
(The central square in historic downtown Monitor.)
(Many historic and larger buildings were torn down in the 1960s to make, "more modern and sleek" buildings in Monitor. Sadly a lot of history was lost, but much still remains.)