Bedford Avenue

From Pittsburgh Streets
Bedford Avenue
Neighborhoods Bedford Dwellings, Central Business District, Crawford-Roberts, Middle Hill
Origin of name Nathaniel Bedford

Bedford Avenue is named for Dr. Nathaniel Bedford (1755?–1818), a surgeon in the British Army who came to Fort Pitt about 1765 and became the first physician in what is now Allegheny County. He was an incorporator of Pittsburgh Academy in 1787 and burgess of Pittsburgh in 1806. In 1811 he laid out the street plan for Birmingham (now the South Side between South Sixth and South 17th Streets), which he named after his hometown in England. The English city of Birmingham was a major iron center, and it was hoped that Pittsburgh would become "the Birmingham of America."[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]:47,64[10][11][12] Bedford named the main street, Carson Street, after a Philadelphia sea captain he knew.[7][9]:47[13][14]

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