Blackberry Way

From Pittsburgh Streets
Blackberry Way
Neighborhood Central Lawrenceville
Origin of name The fruit blackberry
Mulberry Alley (until 1868)
Origin of name The fruit mulberry
Blackberry Alley (1868–1914)
Origin of name The fruit blackberry

This alley appears, unlabeled, in the upper right corner of R. E. McGowin's 1852 map, between Washington Street (today Hatfield Street) and Butler Street.[1] It was originally named Mulberry Alley, but was changed to Blackberry Alley in 1868, maintaining the berry theme.[2] It became Blackberry Way in 1914, when an ordinance changed all alleys in the city to ways.[3]

Bob Regan includes "Blackberry" in his "Streets of Pittsburgh" crossword puzzle, clued as "A berry and also a wireless hand-held device."[4] Needless to say, the alley was not named for the BlackBerry brand of mobile devices.

See also


  1. R. E. McGowin. Map of the Cities of Pittsburgh and Allegheny and of the Boroughs of South-Pittsburgh, Birmingham, East-Birmingham, Lawrenceville, Duquesne & Manchester etc. Schuchman & Haunlein, Pittsburgh, 1852. [view source]mcgowin-1852
  2. "An ordinance changing the names of streets." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1868. Passed Aug. 31, 1868. In The Municipal Record: Containing the proceedings of the Select and Common Councils of the City of Pittsburgh: 1868, Pittsburgh Daily Commercial, Pittsburgh (Internet Archive pghmunicipalrecord1868_20200904_2014). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Gazette, Sept. 2, 1868, p. 5 ( 86347563), Sept. 3, p. 3 ( 86347623), and Sept. 4, p. 3 ( 86347714). [view source]ordinance-1868-name-changes
  3. "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
  4. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, pp. 183, 186. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan