33rd Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
See also South 33rd Street, which was named 33rd Street until 1881.
33rd Street
Neighborhoods Lower Lawrenceville, Polish Hill, Strip District
Origin of name Sequential numbering up the Allegheny River
Boundary Street (until 1868)
Origin of name Boundary of Lawrenceville

The original name of 33rd Street was Boundary Street, because it was the southwestern boundary of the Borough of Lawrenceville.[1] (Bruce S. Cridlebaugh describes it as the boundary of Pittsburgh after the annexation of Bayardstown.[2]) It is still the official boundary between the Strip District and Lawrenceville.[3]

In 1868, Pittsburgh's modern sequence of numbered streets was created by renaming all the streets perpendicular to the Allegheny River; Boundary Street became 33rd Street.[2][4][5]

Today the name Boundary Street is that of a street in Junction Hollow.

At one time 33rd Street included much of modern Herron Avenue, to about the intersection with today's Milwaukee Street.[6][7] Herron Avenue was rerouted to its modern course in 1902.[8]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 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
  3. Pittsburgh Neighborhoods. Pittsburgh Department of City Planning, GIS Division. https://gis.pittsburghpa.gov/pghneighborhoods/. Linked from https://pittsburghpa.gov/innovation-performance/interactive-maps. [view source]pgh-nbhds-map
  4. 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
  5. "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
  6. George H. Thurston and J. F. Diffenbacher. Directory of Pittsburgh and Allegheny for 1876–7: Embracing a general directory of the residences of citizens, full classified business directory, register of public institutions, benevolent societies and city governments, directory of the streets, secret societies, schools and churches. Thurston & Diffenbacher, Pittsburgh, 1876, p. 11. Google Books 8dkCAAAAYAAJ; Historic Pittsburgh 31735038288480. [view source]thurston-diffenbacher-1876
  7. Atlas of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny, plates 7, 10. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1882. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1882-atlas-pittsburgh-allegheny; 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1882
  8. "An ordinance changing the name of Thirty-third street, between Ruthven street and Herron avenue, to 'Herron avenue.'" Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1902, no. 556. Passed Mar. 10, 1902; approved Mar. 11, 1902. Ordinance Book 14, p. 424. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the [Select and Common Councils] of the City of Pittsburgh, for the year 1901–1902, appendix, p. 213, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1902 (Google Books vMJEAQAAMAAJ; HathiTrust chi.096598960; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecordselect1901). [view source]ordinance-1902-556