Arizona Way

From Pittsburgh Streets
Arizona Way
Neighborhood Marshall-Shadeland
Origin of name State of Arizona
Fate Vacated in 1966
Arizona Alley (until 1914)
Origin of name State of Arizona

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