Beatty Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Beatty Street
Neighborhoods East Liberty, Highland Park
Origin of name Dr. Richard C. Beatty
Eleanor Street (until ca. 1870)

This street was originally named Eleanor Street.[1] The 1872 Hopkins atlas shows it as Eleanor Street in its map of East Liberty[2]:70 but as Betty Street, probably an error for Beatty, in its map of the Nineteenth Ward.[2]:61 The 1882 Hopkins atlas labels it Beatty Street.[3]

George T. Fleming wrote that Beatty Street is named for Rev. Charles Beatty, the chaplain who accompanied the 1758 expedition of General John Forbes (eponym of Forbes Avenue) that captured the Point from the French.[4] However, it is more likely that it is named for Dr. Richard C. Beatty, who had a house and land between Euclid Street and Highland Avenue on both sides of Stanton Avenue in the 1860s and 1870s.[1][2][5] Beatty Street passes directly through the center of this tract.


  1. 1.0 1.1 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 Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872.; 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1872
  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. "Wood's [sic] plan of Pittsburgh: Thomas Vickroy's account of the survey of 1784 and parts taken in city's early life by Craig and Bayard." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Dec. 13, 1914, sec. 2, p. 2. 85908612. [view source]fleming-woods
  5. George H. Thurston. Directory of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Cities: And the adjoining boroughs of Birmingham, East Birmingham, Lawrenceville, Manchester, Duquesne, West Pittsburgh, South Pittsburgh, Monongahela, and Temperanceville; also, the villages of Brownstown, Minersville, East Liberty, Hatfield, Woodville, Troy Hill, Mt. Washington, Spring Garden, East Pittsburgh and Oakland; together with parts of Pitt, Collins, Peebles, St. Clair, M'Clure, Reserve, Chartiers and Shaler Townships, for 1862–63. George H. Thurston, Pittsburgh, 1862, p. 18. Historic Pittsburgh 31735038289116. [view source]thurston-1862