Arizona Way

From Pittsburgh Streets
Arizona Way
Neighborhood Marshall-Shadeland
Origin of name State of Arizona
Fate Vacated in 1966

Arizona Alley appears in the 1890 Hopkins atlas, parallel to and north of Gifford Street.[1] It was named for the state of Arizona. Nearby streets named for states include California Avenue and Colorado Street; other alleys once included Iowa Alley (now part of Colorado Street) and Oregon Alley (later Overcliff Way).

Arizona Alley became Arizona Way in 1914 when a Pittsburgh city ordinance changed all alleys to ways.[2] It was vacated in 1966.[3]


  1. Real Estate Plat-Book of the City of Allegheny, vol. 1, plate 16. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1890.; included in the 1890 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1890-allegheny-vol-1
  2. "An ordinance changing the name 'Alley' on every thoroughfare in the City of Pittsburgh, to 'Way.'" Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1914, no. 402. Passed Nov. 10, 1914; approved Nov. 16, 1914. Ordinance Book 26, p. 360. Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Nov. 23, 1914, p. 11 ( 86505785), and Nov. 24, p. 12 ( 86505809). [view source]ordinance-1914-402
  3. "An ordinance vacating Arizona Way, from Atmore Way to McCook Street; Atmore Street, from the north line of Halsey Place to the north line of Gifford Street; Atmore Way, from Gifford Street to the north line of Arizona Way; Gifford Street, from Atmore Street to the west line of McCook Street; Overcliff Way, from Atmore Street to a point 149.14 feet eastwardly therefrom; Woodhouse Street, from Atmore tSreet [sic] to the west line of McCook Street; McCook Street, from the north line of Overcliff Way to the south line of Woodhouse Street, all in the Twenty-seventh Ward of the City of Pittsburgh, excepting and reservin [sic] the 15-inch sewer line in McCook Street." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1966, no. 395. Passed Aug. 5, 1966; approved Aug. 9, 1966. Ordinance Book 68, p. 192. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh: For the year 1966, appendix, p. 425, Park Printing, Inc., Pittsburgh (Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1966). [view source]ordinance-1966-395