Pittsburgh Streets

Ninth Street

Neighborhood: Central Business District

Ninth Street was originally named Hand Street, after General Edward Hand (1744–1802).[2, 4, 5, 7, 12, 14] This was one of the original streets of Pittsburgh, dating back to George Woods’ plan of 1784, between Irwin Street (today’s Seventh Street) to the west and Wayne Street (today’s 10th Street) to the east.[15] (Today’s Eighth Street was an unlabeled alley in this plan.)

In 1868, Pittsburgh’s modern sequence of numbered streets was created by renaming all the streets perpendicular to the Allegheny River; Hand Street became Ninth Street.[2, 6, 10]

After the annexation of the city of Allegheny in 1907, it was renamed again to Anderson Street to match the corresponding street on the North Side.[1, 3, 13] The actual renaming ordinance omits Ninth Street,[9] but the following ordinance, which gave an official list of all streets in the city, lists “Anderson, from North Canal to Liberty av., 2d, 22d and 23d wds., part formerly Ninth.”[11] It was changed back to Ninth Street in 1915.[8]


[1]“Councils to fix names of streets: Will pass finally on new selections ordered reported favorably by surveys committee—Historical Society aids City Clerk Clark: Some changes which are recommended.” Pittsburg Press, Jan. 27, 1910, p. 5. Newspapers.com 141338336.

[2]Cridlebaugh, Bruce S. “Field notes: Changing Pittsburgh street names—from downtown to Lawrenceville.” Pghbridges.com: Bridges & tunnels of Allegheny County & Pittsburgh, PA, Feb. 9, 2000. http://pghbridges.com/articles/fieldnote_pghstnames.htm.

[3]Fleming, George T., ed. Pittsburgh: How to see it: A complete, reliable guide book with illustrations, the latest map and complete index. William G. Johnston Co., Pittsburgh, 1916, p. 47. Google Books 02NAAAAAYAAJ; Internet Archive bub_gb_02NAAAAAYAAJ.

[4]History of Pittsburgh and Environs, vol. 2. American Historical Society, New York and Chicago, 1922, p. 46. Google Books 3staAAAAYAAJ, TPUMAAAAYAAJ; HathiTrust 011262563.

[5]Johnston, William G. Life and Reminiscences from Birth to Manhood of Wm. G. Johnston. The Knickerbocker Press, New York, 1901, p. 298. Google Books N-QEAAAAYAAJ; Historic Pittsburgh 00adj9508m.

[6]Killikelly, Sarah H. The History of Pittsburgh: Its rise and progress. B. C. & Gordon Montgomery Co., Pittsburgh, 1906, p. 534. DonsList.net HistPgh1909M; Google Books kXmloex-vr8C, poRU0YjqrzsC; HathiTrust 100122020; Historic Pittsburgh 00adc8925m; Internet Archive historyofpittsbu00kill, historypittsbur00killgoog.

[7]Miller, Annie Clark. Early Land Marks and Names of Old Pittsburgh: An address delivered before the Pittsburgh Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution at Carnegie Institute, Nov. 30, 1923. Pittsburgh Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, 1924, pp. 23, 28. Historic Pittsburgh 00awn8211m; Internet Archive earlylandmarksna00mill.

[8]“An ordinance changing the names of certain avenues, streets and ways in the City of Pittsburgh.” Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1915, no. 117. Passed Apr. 28, 1915; approved Apr. 29, 1915. Ordinance Book 26, p. 615. Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, May 8, 1915, p. 15 (Newspapers.com 88028802), and May 10, p. 11 (Newspapers.com 88030672).

[9]“An ordinance changing the names of certain avenues, streets, lanes and alleys in the City of Pittsburgh.” Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1910, no. 715. Passed Mar. 31, 1910; approved Apr. 5, 1910. Ordinance Book 21, p. 342. Google Books doQzAQAAMAAJ. Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Apr. 19, 1910, pp. 10–11 (Newspapers.com 86611990, 86612022), Apr. 20, pp. 10–11 (Newspapers.com 86612278, 86612297), and Apr. 21, pp. 10–11 (Newspapers.com 86612601, 86612625).

[10]“An ordinance changing the names of streets.” Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1868. Passed Aug. 31, 1868. Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Gazette, Sept. 2, 1868, p. 5 (Newspapers.com 86347563), Sept. 3, p. 3 (Newspapers.com 86347623), and Sept. 4, p. 3 (Newspapers.com 86347714).

[11]“An ordinance establishing the names of the avenues, streets, lanes and alleys in the City of Pittsburgh.” Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1910, no. 716. Passed Mar. 31, 1910; approved Apr. 5, 1910. Ordinance Book 21, p. 359. Google Books doQzAQAAMAAJ. Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Apr. 29, 1910, pp. 12–16 (Newspapers.com 86616256, 86616285, 86616314, 86616333, 86616343), and Apr. 30, pp. 12–16 (Newspapers.com 86616643, 86616672, 86616694, 86616726, 86616748).

[12]Regan, Bob. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, p. 62. ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5.

[13]“Removal of hump approved: Street widening and renaming bills also go through committees: Liggett files protest: Declares Diamond street proposition will cost city $500,000 damages: Some new appellations.” Pittsburgh Post, Jan. 27, 1910, p. 2. Newspapers.com 87647082.

[14]“Street names sketch history of city: Tribute to many pioneers dimmed by time.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 26, 1936, anniversary section IV, p. 16. Newspapers.com 88921069.

[15]Woods, George. A draught of the town plat of Pittsburgh, surveyed for John Penn, Jr., and John Penn, by George Woods, May 31st 1784. 1784. Reproduced as “Original plan of Pittsburgh” in plate 19 of Atlas of the cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the adjoining boroughs, G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872 (Historic Pittsburgh 1872p019).