Washington Boulevard (Los Angeles)
Washington Boulevard is an east-west arterial road in Los Angeles County, California spanning a total of 27.4 miles (44 km). Its western terminus is the Pacific Ocean just west of Pacific Avenue and straddling the border of the Venice Beach and Marina Peninsula neighborhoods of Los Angeles. The Boulevard extends eastbound to the city of Whittier, at Whittier Boulevard. It is south of Venice Boulevard for most of its length. At Wade Street, Washington Place is formed adjacent and parallel and lasts until just east of Sepulveda Boulevard, where it merges back into Washington Boulevard. Washington merges into Culver Boulevard briefly, but forms back into its own street at Canfield Avenue.
|Maintained by||Local jurisdictions|
|Nearest metro station|
|West end||Pacific Avenue in Los Angeles, California|
| SR 1 in Los Angeles|
Sepulveda Boulevard in Culver City
La Cienega Boulevard in Culver City
Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles
I-10 in Los Angeles
La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles
Crenshaw Boulevard in Los Angeles
Western Avenue in Los Angeles
Normandie Avenue in Los Angeles
Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles
Figueroa Street in Los Angeles
San Pedro Street in Los Angeles
Central Avenue in Los Angeles
Alameda Street in Los Angeles
Soto Street in Los Angeles
I-710 in Commerce
Atlantic Boulevard in Commerce
I-5 in Commerce
Telegraph Road in Commerce
Garfield Avenue in Commerce
SR 19 in Pico Rivera
I-605 in West Whittier-Los Nietos
|East end||SR 72 (Whittier Boulevard) / Pickering Avenue / Santa Fe Springs Road in Whittier|
Washington Boulevard, which is four lanes, primarily passes through locations in the mid-southern portion of Los Angeles County. The communities to the west include affluent areas such as Marina del Rey and Ladera Heights. Further east it passes between Crestview and Culver City and through Mid City, Arlington Heights, Pico Union, City of Commerce, Montebello, Pico Rivera, Los Nietos and Whittier.
The thoroughfare was known as Washington Street until around 1903.
In 1905, it boasted the headquarters of the local horse driving club, for a mile west of Western Avenue. "The road is not of the best," reported the Los Angeles Times, "and automobiles are usurping it . . . but it is the nearest approach to a speedway the reinsmen have, and they therefore make the most of it." Mayor Owen McAleer "has set aside that stretch of the highway to those drivers who delight in vying with each other off the racetrack, and policemen have been given to understand that some latitude is to be allowed horsemen there."
Washington Boulevard provides bus service between Venice Beach and West LA Transit Center by Culver City Transit line 1, between West LA Transit Center and Downtown by Metro Local line 35, and east of Downtown by Montebello Transit line 50. A portion of the Metro A Line runs along Washington Boulevard (serving the Grand/LATTC, San Pedro and Washington stations), from Flower Street to Long Beach Avenue, while the Metro E Line serves a rail station near the intersection with National Boulevard.
|Los Angeles||Pacific Avenue||Western terminus of Washington Boulevard|
|SR 1 (Lincoln Boulevard) – Santa Monica, Long Beach||Also known as Pacific Coast Highway|
|Culver City||Sepulveda Boulevard|
|Culver Boulevard||Overlap with Culver Boulevard for 0.25 mile|
|La Cienega Boulevard|
|Los Angeles||Fairfax Avenue|
|I-10 (Santa Monica Freeway) – Santa Monica, San Bernardino|
|La Brea Avenue|
|San Pedro Street|
|Santa Fe Avenue|
|Commerce||I-710 (Long Beach Freeway) – Long Beach, Valley Boulevard|
|I-5 (Santa Ana Freeway) – Los Angeles, Santa Ana||Northbound entrance and exit via Telegraph Road|
|Pico Rivera||Paramount Boulevard|
|SR 19 (Rosemead Boulevard) – Long Beach, Pasadena|
|West Whittier||I-605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) – Seal Beach, Duarte||No control cities listed on I-605; Northbound entrance and exit via Pioneer Boulevard|
|Santa Fe Springs - West Whittier line||Norwalk Boulevard|
|Whittier||Lambert Road||Western terminus of Lambert Road; to Chino Hills, California|
|SR 72 (Whittier Boulevard) / Pickering Avenue / Santa Fe Springs Road – La Habra, Pico Rivera||Eastern terminus of Washington Boulevard|
- Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery
- LA Trade Tech College is located at Grand Avenue near the Blue Line station of the same name.
- The RPM International building (Ray Charles Enterprises) is located on the corner of Westmorland Blvd. and Washington Blvd., which is also dedicated as the "Ray Charles Square".
- The Ray Charles Post Office at La Brea Avenue.
- Government center named after David S. Cunningham, Jr., City Council member, 1973–87
- West Adams Preparatory High School is located on Vermont Avenue and Washington Blvd.
- "Fast Horses His Delight," Los Angeles Times, October 1, 1905, page III-1
- "Restaurants". Black Enterprise Magazine. 1974.
- Campus Map