Pittsburgh Streets

Forward Avenue

Neighborhood: Squirrel Hill South

Named for Walter Forward (1786–1852), a Pittsburgh lawyer, U. S. Representative, fifteenth U. S. Secretary of the Treasury, and presiding judge of the District Court of Allegheny County.[1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8] See also Bates Street.

The portion of Forward Avenue between Murray Avenue and Beechwood Boulevard was part of Pocusset Street from 1896 to 1901.[5, 6]


[1]Carlin, Margaret. “How our streets got their names.” Pittsburgh Press, Feb. 6, 1966, Pittsburgh’s Family Magazine, p. 10. Newspapers.com 149098376.

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

[3]Lambing, A. A., and White, J. W. F. Allegheny County: Its Early History and Subsequent Development. Snowden & Peterson, Pittsburgh, 1888, pp. 112–113, 119. Google Books 6bY-AAAAYAAJ; HathiTrust 008957728, 100693049; Historic Pittsburgh 00aee8946m; Internet Archive centennialhistor00lamb; LCCN 18008828.

[4]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, p. 34. Historic Pittsburgh 00awn8211m; Internet Archive earlylandmarksna00mill.

[5]“An ordinance changing the name of certain avenues, streets and alleys in the City of Pittsburgh.” Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1901, no. 109. Passed June 24, 1901; approved June 28, 1901. Ordinance Book 14, p. 30. Reprinted in the Pittsburg Post, July 8, 1901, p. 9 (Newspapers.com 86389546); and in the Pittsburg Press, July 11, 1901, p. 9 (Newspapers.com 141376761), July 12, p. 11 (Newspapers.com 141353714), and July 13, p. 4 (Newspapers.com 141353981).

[6]“An ordinance changing the name of Forward avenue, from Beechwood avenue to Murray avenue, to ‘Pocussett avenue.’” Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1896, no. 699. Passed Jan. 13, 1896; approved Jan. 18, 1896. Ordinance Book 10, p. 527. Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Commercial Gazette, Jan. 28, 1896, p. 10 (Newspapers.com 85426614); and in the Pittsburg Press, Feb. 4, 1896, p. 7 (Newspapers.com 141574212).

[7]Regan, Bob. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, pp. 61, 68. ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5.

[8]Squirrel Hill Historical Society. Wilson, Helen, ed. Squirrel Hill: A neighborhood history. History Press, Charleston, S. C., 2017, p. 20. ISBN 978-1-4671-3625-9.