Pittsburgh Streets

Monongahela Street

Neighborhood: Hazelwood

Named after the Monongahela River. The name Monongahela is of Native American origin; Annie Clark Miller says that it means “High banks or bluffs, falling in at many places.”[1] A 1936 article in the Post-Gazette translates it as “high banks breaking off in some places and tumbling down.”[2]

See also Boulevard of the Allies, which was originally to be named Monongahela Boulevard.


[1]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. 6. Historic Pittsburgh 00awn8211m; Internet Archive earlylandmarksna00mill.

[2]“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.