Bly Street

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Bly Street
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Bly Street was named by a city ordinance in 1915.[1] The source of the name is unclear. Was it perhaps named for Nellie Bly, the pen name of Elizabeth Cochran Seaman (1864–1922), a journalist who became famous for her record-breaking journey around the world in 72 days in 1889–1890? Bly was born near Pittsburgh and lived for a time in Allegheny City while she wrote for the Pittsburgh Dispatch.


  1. "An ordinance designating Bly street as the name of an unnamed 30-foot street, in the Twenty-sixth ward, laid out by and shown in the Conrad Rock Plan of Lots, from Royal street to an unnamed 20-foot way, and establishing the grade thereof." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1915, no. 86. Passed Mar. 16, 1915; approved Mar. 18, 1915. Ordinance Book 26, p. 580. Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Mar. 25, 1915, p. 12 ( 88661167), and Mar. 26, p. 12 ( 88661181). [view source]ordinance-1915-86