Boggs Avenue

From Pittsburgh Streets
Boggs Avenue
Neighborhood Mount Washington
Origin of name Boggs family
Grand Avenue (until 1881)
William Street (1881–1882)

A road in the location of modern Boggs Avenue appears in maps of Allegheny County from the 1850s and 1860s.[1][2][3] The 1851 map by Sidney & Neff and S. McRea shows a house labeled "M. Beggs" about the middle of the road;[2] this may be an error for Boggs. The 1862 map by S. N. and F. W. Beers shows the house of W. Boggs near the southern end of the road.[3] The 1872 Hopkins atlas shows that much of the land around the southern half of the road was owned by a Boggs, probably S. S. Boggs, who owned a house about the middle of the road.[4]

The road was originally named Grand Avenue.[5][6] It was renamed William Street by a Pittsburgh city ordinance in 1881[5] and changed again to Boggs Avenue by another ordinance the next year.[7]


  1. E. H. Heastings. Map of the County of Allegheny, Pennsylvania. 1850. Historic Pittsburgh DARMAP0090. [view source]heastings
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sidney & Neff and S. McRea. Map of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, with the Names of Property-Holders. Philadelphia, 1851. LCCN 2012592150. [view source]sidney-neff
  3. 3.0 3.1 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
  4. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, pp. 107–108. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872.; 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1872
  5. 5.0 5.1 "An ordinance establishing the names of avenues, streets, lanes and alleys of the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1881, no. 33. Passed Feb. 28, 1881; approved Mar. 4, 1881. Ordinance Book 5, p. 212. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Select and Common Councils of the City of Pittsburgh, for the year 1880, pp. 213–234 (Internet Archive pghmunicipalrecord1880). [view source]ordinance-1881-33
  6. Atlas of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny, plate 27. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1882.; 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1882
  7. "An ordinance changing the name of William street in the Thirty-second ward." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1882, no. 86. Passed Mar. 27, 1882; approved Mar. 28, 1882. Ordinance Book 5, p. 317. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Select Council of the City of Pittsburgh, for the year 1881, p. 209, Herald Printing Co., Pittsburgh, 1882 (Internet Archive pghmunicipalrecord1881). [view source]ordinance-1882-86