29th Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
See also South 29th Street, which was named 29th Street until 1881.
29th Street
Neighborhoods Polish Hill, Strip District
Origin of name Sequential numbering up the Allegheny River
Clymer Street (until 1868)
Origin of name George Clymer

The seven streets from 26th Street to 32nd Street were originally named for seven of the nine Pennsylvania delegates who signed the Declaration of Independence, in the order of their signatures: 26th Street was Morris Street, for Robert Morris; 27th Street was Rush Street, for Benjamin Rush; 28th Street was Morton Street, for John Morton; 29th Street was Clymer Street, for George Clymer;[1][2][3] 30th Street was Smith Street, for James Smith; 31st Street was Taylor Street, for George Taylor; and 32nd Street was Wilson Street, for James Wilson. (The other two Pennsylvania signers, Benjamin Franklin and George Ross, were skipped because Pittsburgh already had a Franklin Street and a Ross Street.)[4][2]

George Clymer (1739–1813) signed both the Declaration of Independence and the U. S. Constitution as a representative of Pennsylvania.

In 1868, Pittsburgh's modern sequence of numbered streets was created by renaming all the streets perpendicular to the Allegheny River; Clymer Street became 29th Street.[1][5][6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Bruce S. Cridlebaugh. "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. [view source]cridlebaugh
  2. 2.0 2.1 George T. Fleming. "Famous names abandoned." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Jan. 3, 1915, sixth section, p. 2. Newspapers.com 85750499. [view source]fleming-abandoned
  3. Annie Clark Miller. 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, p. 24. Pittsburgh Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, 1924. Historic Pittsburgh 00awn8211m; Internet Archive earlylandmarksna00mill. [view source]miller
  4. The Cities of Pittsburgh and Allegheny, with Parts of Adjacent Boroughs, Pennsylvania. 1855. Historic Pittsburgh DARMAP0089; https://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~1688~130047; 1855 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). In George W. Colton, Colton's Atlas of the World: Illustrating physical and political geography, J. H. Colton & Co., New York, 1856 (https://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/view/search?q=Pub_List_No%3D0149.000). [view source]colton
  5. Sarah H. Killikelly. The History of Pittsburgh: Its rise and progress, p. 534. B. C. & Gordon Montgomery Co., Pittsburgh, 1906. DonsList.net HistPgh1909M; Google Books kXmloex-vr8C, poRU0YjqrzsC; HathiTrust 100122020; Historic Pittsburgh 00adc8925m; Internet Archive historyofpittsbu00kill, historypittsbur00killgoog. [view source]killikelly
  6. "An ordinance changing the names of streets." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1868. Passed Aug. 31, 1868. In The Municipal Record: Containing the proceedings of the Select and Common Councils of the City of Pittsburgh: 1868, Pittsburgh Daily Commercial, Pittsburgh (Internet Archive pghmunicipalrecord1868_20200904_2014). 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). [view source]ordinance-1868-name-changes