Ripley Avenue

This 1906 street, which traces the old border between the historic Sausal Redondo and San Pedro ranchos, likely honors Edward Payson Ripley (1845-1920), president of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway from 1895 until his death. Most of Redondo Beach’s original 1906 streets name-check famous industrialists, executives, and bankers of the day, and no other Ripley was as qualified as E.P. Ripley, so he’s a safe bet as namesake. Ripley himself was based in Chicago but he visited Los Angeles in February 1906 and spoke at an L.A. Chamber of Commerce dinner.