Boston Street

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Boston Street
Neighborhood Marshall-Shadeland
Origin of name Leonard Boston

This street appears, unlabeled, in the 1882 and 1890 Hopkins atlases.[1][2] The 1902 edition labels it Boston Street.[3] The name was in use at least as early as 1890.[4]

Bob Regan includes "Boston" in a list of streets named for cities.[5] However, it is notable that the 1890 Hopkins atlas shows L. Boston as the owner of lots on both the north and south sides of the short street;[2] it seems more likely that this is the origin of the name. J. F. Diffenbacher's 1890 directory identifies this person as Leonard Boston, a mason.[6]


  1. Atlas of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny, plate 35. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1882.; 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1882
  2. 2.0 2.1 Real Estate Plat-Book of the City of Allegheny, vol. 1, plates 16, 17. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1890.; included in the 1890 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1890-allegheny-vol-1
  3. Real Estate Plat-Book of the City of Allegheny, vol. 2, plate 7. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1902.; included in the 1903–1906 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1902-allegheny-vol-2
  4. "Building prospects: A large number of improvements on the slate for next year: One thousand houses in sight: A Squirrel Hill deal and talk of another important railroad gobble: The news and gossip of the city." Pittsburg Dispatch, Dec. 5, 1890, p. 10. 76230042. [view source]building-prospects
  5. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 65. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan
  6. J. F. Diffenbacher. J. F. Diffenbacher's Directory of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Cities, for 1890: Embracing a general directory of residences of citizens, full classified business directory, register of public institutions, benevolent societies and city government; directory of the streets, secret societies, schools and churches, thirty-fifth annual issue. J. F. Diffenbacher, Pittsburgh, 1890, p. 146. Pgh1890M; Historic Pittsburgh 31735055723211. [view source]diffenbacher-1890