“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Redondo Beach in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

The Redondo Beach Plan

The Redondo Beach Plan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, March 25, 2016
1. The Redondo Beach Plan Marker
Inscription. Redondo Beach always had a plan. Founded in 1887 the town was built in accordance with a unique street pattern designed by William Hammond Hall (1846-1834), a San Francisco civil engineer hired by the Redondo Beach Company.

Unlike the grid patterns of most 19th century towns, Redondo Beach was created with a unique curvilinear street system. The streets, bearing the names of Hispanic women and gemstones, were tiered from a single focal point at the Pacific Ocean moving inland in an easterly direction from the ocean. The Pier was the focus as it provided entry to the community and the South Bay from the sea and connected town residents and inland visitors with the ocean for commerce and play.

William Hammond Hall was the first Superintendent of San Francisco Golden Gate Park, which he designed. The curved streets of the Park, like those of Redondo Beach, were designed to control the speed of horse and buggy drivers and to shelter people from the winds. As California's first State Engineer, he was responsible for water and drainage systems throughout the state. During his tenure, he spearheaded a number of major river navigation projects and an integrated flood control system for the Sacramento Valley. Hall was no stranger to controversy. As State Engineer, he alienated most
The Redondo Beach Plan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, March 25, 2016
2. The Redondo Beach Plan Marker
major land owner groups. Hydraulic mine operators, ranchers and farmers were among those infuriated by his advocacy of a larger, more assertive role for the public sector in the management of the state's water resources.
Erected 2009 by Councilman Chris and Diane Cagle; Louis N. Garcia; Mike Gin; Janet and Art Johnson; Ernie, Ann, Erica, Tim O'Dell 2008; Kurt and Victoria Schmalz; Pete, Sam & Nick Villasenor; and the Redondo Beach Historical Commission. (Marker Number 21.)
Location. 33° 50.722′ N, 118° 23.301′ W. Marker is in Redondo Beach, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Elana Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Redondo Beach CA 90277, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 9-11 Tribute (within shouting distance of this marker); King Harbor and ... The Marinas (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Plunge and ... The Lightning Racer (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bill and Bob Meistrell (approx. 0.3 miles away); George Freeth (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hotel Redondo (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old Salt Lake (approx. 0.7 miles away); Manhattan Beach State Pier (approx. 3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Redondo Beach.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 112 times since then. Last updated on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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