Apollo Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Apollo Street
Neighborhood Polish Hill
Origin of name Probably the Greek god Apollo
Fort Street (until 1901)

This street appears in the 1889 Hopkins atlas as Fort Street.[1] It was renamed Apollo Street in 1901 to fix the duplication with Fort Street near the Point.[2]

The name is that of Apollo, one of the Olympian gods in Greek mythology. Several other new street names given by the 1901 ordinance are also Greek: Cynthia, Eudora, Eunice, Ionia, Ithaca, Penelope, Perseus, and Thisbe, and perhaps also Artemus, maybe a misspelling of Artemis.[2]

Bob Regan includes "Apollo" in a list of astronomy-related street names,[3] although the connection to astronomy is rather tenuous. Apollo is the god of the sun, among other things, and NASA's Apollo program achieved the first human moon landing in 1969, but clearly the moon landing has nothing to do with the Pittsburgh street name.

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  1. Atlas of the City of Pittsburgh, vol. 2, plate 11. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1889. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1889-volume-2-atlas-pittsburgh; included in the 1890 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1889-vol-2
  2. 2.0 2.1 "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. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the [Select and Common Councils] of the City of Pittsburgh, for the year 1901–1902, appendix, pp. 46–47, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1902 (Google Books vMJEAQAAMAAJ; HathiTrust chi.096598960; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecordselect1901). Reprinted in the Pittsburg Post, July 8, 1901, p. 9 (Newspapers.com 86389546), and July 9, p. 9 (Newspapers.com 86389638); 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). [view source]ordinance-1901-109
  3. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 68. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan