Atwood Street

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Atwood Street
Neighborhood Central Oakland
Origin of name Moses Atwood, Sr.

Atwood Street appears in the 1862 map of S. N. and F. W. Beers.[1] It is named for Moses Atwood, Sr.[2][3] (1801–1848), who was born in Massachusetts and came to Pittsburgh in 1831.[2][4] He was one of 37 men who organized the Third Presbyterian Church in 1832.[4] Many of the members of this church bought a large farm in what is now Oakland, called it the "Third Church Colony," and divided it to build country homes. Atwood took 20 acres there and built a house, where he lived until his death.[2][4]


  1. S. N. & F. W. Beers. Map of Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Smith, Gallup & Hewitt, Philadelphia, 1862. LCCN 2012592151; 1862 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]beers
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Clifford C. Ham. Marilyn P. Ham, ed. Historic Oakland: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Articles from The Oakland Newspaper: 1989–1995, p. 15. Oakland Planning and Development Corporation, Pittsburgh, 2007. [view source]ham
  3. "The death roll." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Apr. 7, 1918, second section, p. 5. 85849314. [view source]henry-m-atwood-obit
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 History of Pittsburgh and Environs, [vol. 4?] (biographical), pp. 170–171. American Historical Society, New York and Chicago, 1922. Google Books 1M8wAQAAMAAJ, 5so0AQAAMAAJ, 98l140mUH4kC, v6QUAAAAYAAJ, VvkMAAAAYAAJ; HathiTrust 011262563; Internet Archive historypittsbur00socigoog, historyofpittsbu05flem. [view source]history-pgh-environs-4