Roxford Street

Roxford Street started out in 1885 as Jackson Avenue (after President Andrew Jackson) and was renamed after the City of Los Angeles annexed the Valley in 1915 and forced a name change to avoid a postal conflict with DTLA’s own Jackson Street. Unfortunately, Roxford’s etymology is unknown. It might honor some long-forgotten rancher who once lived here, but it’s more likely that some civil engineer wanted a posh, British-sounding name and looked to Beverly Hills streets like Roxbury and Rexford for inspiration. In fact the most prominent Roxford in 1920 was the Roxford Knitting Company, a Philadelphia-based manufacturer of men’s underwear. (They had a branch in L.A.) Maybe whoever named this street was inspired by his long johns!