Belgium Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Belgium Street
Neighborhood Brighton Heights
Origin of name Belgium
Benton Avenue (until 1916)

This street appears as a western extension of Benton Avenue in the 1902 Hopkins atlas. It ran between and roughly parallel to Oak Grove Avenue (today Oswald Street) and Syracuse Avenue (today Stonelea Street), from Hiawatha Avenue (today Hiawatha Street) west to the city line.[1]

The street was officially named Belgium Street and opened by a city ordinance in 1916.[2] It does not exist today.

Bob Regan includes "Belgium" in a list of streets named for countries.[3]


  1. Real Estate Plat-Book of the City of Allegheny, vol. 2, plate 23. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1902.; included in the 1903–1906 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1902-allegheny-vol-2
  2. "An ordinance approving a 'Plan of Lots, laid out for George Wittmer Estate,' in the Twenty-seventh ward of the City of Pittsburgh, accepting the dedication of Belgium street, Cambronne street, Chellis street, Oswald street, Perrott avenue and Wittmer street, as shown thereon, for public use for highway purposes, opening and naming the same and establishing the grades thereon." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1916, no. 53. Passed Feb. 21, 1916; approved Feb. 26, 1916. Ordinance Book 27, p. 401. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh for the year 1916, appendix, p. 30, Eureka Printing Company, Pittsburgh (Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1916). [view source]ordinance-1916-53
  3. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 64. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan