Amabell Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Amabell Street
Neighborhood Mount Washington
Joel's Lane (until 1903)
Origin of name Joel Lewis

This street was laid out as Joel's Lane by Thomas J. Bigham and William O. Leslie in 1850.[1][2][3] According to George T. Fleming, this name came from Joel Lewis, who married Mary Ann Kirkpatrick, the daughter of Major Abraham Kirkpatrick, for whom Kirkpatrick Street is named. Major Kirkpatrick once owned 716 acres of land in the area, a large part of Mount Washington and Duquesne Heights, and it was then inherited by his three daughters. Shaler Street and Cowan Street were named for Major Kirkpatrick's other sons-in-law.[4]

Joel's Lane was renamed Amabell Street in 1903.[5]


  1. "Mount Washington extended by Thos. J. Bigham & Wm. O. Leslie." Recorded Aug. 15, 1850, Plan Book 1, p. 175. Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds 3778264. [view source]bigham-leslie-plan
  2. R. E. McGowin. Map of the Cities of Pittsburgh and Allegheny and of the Boroughs of South-Pittsburgh, Birmingham, East-Birmingham, Lawrenceville, Duquesne & Manchester etc. Schuchman & Haunlein, Pittsburgh, 1852. [view source]mcgowin-1852
  3. Atlas of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1882.; 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1882
  4. George T. Fleming. "History recalled by street names: Stanwix brings to mind many important happenings in the early days of the Western Pennsylvania settlement." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Dec. 6, 1914, sec. 2, p. 8. 85907599. [view source]fleming-history-recalled
  5. "An ordinance changing the name of Joel's lane, between Grandview avenue and Omaha street, to Amabell street." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1903, no. 326. Passed Dec. 29, 1902; approved Jan. 5, 1903. Ordinance Book 15, p. 69. Reprinted in the Pittsburg Press, Jan. 16, 1903, p. 14 ( 141921940), Jan. 17, p. 4 ( 141922204), and Jan. 19, p. 9 ( 141924087); and in the Pittsburg Post, Jan. 19, 1903, p. 8 ( 86386810), and Jan. 21, p. 4 ( 86386996). [view source]ordinance-1903-326