If you want to get a street named after you, you could be a land baron or a big wheel in business. Or you could be the postmaster. Bill Robertson says that explains Weddington Street in North Hollywood.
"The Weddingtons were a pioneer family in the town of Lankershim, of course now North Hollywood."
Robertson is director of L.A.'s Bureau of Street Services. He says in 1890, Wilson C. Weddington came out from Iowa to visit his sister. She lived in a rural area now known as North Hollywood. Weddington liked it there so much that he bought some property.
Three years later, he was appointed postmaster – a job he kept for 22 years. He also bought a general store – and called it Weddington Brothers.
In 1911, Postmaster Weddington helped drive the golden spike into the last set of tracks on the day the electric-powered Red Car rail line began service to the San Fernando Valley. Weddington was so respected in the community that when he died in 1923, the local business district shuts its doors for an hour in his honor.