Rosecrans Avenue

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Coordinates: 33°54′13″N 118°11′00″W / 33.903643°N 118.183414°W / 33.903643; -118.183414

Rosecrans Avenue
Maintained by Local jurisdictions
West end Vista Del Mar in Manhattan Beach
SR 1 in Manhattan Beach
I-405 in Hawthorne
I-110 in Los Angeles
I-710 in Paramount
SR 19 in Bellflower
I-605 in Norwalk
I-5 in Norwalk
CR N8 in La Mirada
SR 39 in La Mirada
East end Euclid Street in Fullerton
A map with Rosecrans Avenue highlighted in blue

Rosecrans Avenue is a major west-east thoroughfare in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, California, USA. It has a total length of 27.5 miles (44.3 km). The street is named after U.S. Union General William S. Rosecrans, who purchased 13,000 acres of Rancho Sausal Redondo southwest of Los Angeles in 1869.[1][2] Rosecrans Avenue was originally named Drexel Avenue, and ran through the Rosecrans Rancho which is part of modern-day Gardena.

Route description[edit]

Rosecrans Avenue in Gardena, California

Rosecrans Avenue begins on Vista Del Mar in Manhattan Beach. On its route, it crosses through Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, Hawthorne, Lawndale, Alondra Park, Gardena, Harbor Gateway, Los Angeles, Willowbrook, Compton, East Rancho Dominguez, Paramount, Bellflower, Downey, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, La Mirada, Buena Park, and Fullerton. It intersects the 405, 110, 710, 605, and 5 freeways (all Interstates). Rosecrans is mostly a straight road until the intersection with Valley View Avenue, when it starts to curve through the West Coyote Hills. Rosecrans enters the cities of Fullerton and Buena Park and crosses into Orange County at the intersection with Beach Boulevard. Rosecrans Avenue passes by Ralph B. Clark Regional Park in Buena Park before entering Fullerton. The eastern terminus of Rosecrans Avenue is at the intersection with Euclid Street in Fullerton.

From Lakewood Boulevard in Downey/Bellflower to Valley View Avenue in Santa Fe Springs/La Mirada, Rosecrans is about one mile south of, and runs parallel to Imperial Highway.



Rosecrans Silver Line Station

Beach Cities Transit line 109 (between Highland Avenue and Sepulveda Boulevard), Metro Local line 125 (between Sepulveda Boulevard and Norwalk Station) and Norwalk Transit line 5 (east of Norwalk Station) operate on Rosecrans Avenue. The Metro Silver Line Rosecrans/I-110 station on the Harbor Transitway is located above Interstate 110. At Douglas Street, the Metro Green Line serves a station.

In popular culture[edit]

Rosecrans Avenue is well-known among hip hop culture for its reputation of violence and crime. The thoroughfare is commonly associated with Compton native Kendrick Lamar, as he often mentions it in numerous songs from his second studio album good kid, m.A.A.d city, most notably "m.A.A.d city" and "Compton".

The street is mentioned by Tupac Shakur in "California Love",[3] as well as "Genocide" by Dr. Dre.

Rosecrans is an album by DJ Quik and Problem named after Rosecrans Avenue. [4][better source needed] [5]