Boulevard of the Allies

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Boulevard of the Allies
Neighborhoods Bluff, Central Business District, Central Oakland, South Oakland, Squirrel Hill South
Origin of name Allies of the First World War
Wikipedia Boulevard of the Allies

The Boulevard of the Allies was originally to be named Monongahela Boulevard (see Monongahela Street for the etymology of that name). The name Boulevard of the Allies was chosen during its planning in 1919 to honor the Allies of the First World War.[1][2][3][4][5] The boulevard, from Grant Street to Craft Avenue in Oakland, was opened on October 2, 1922,[6][7][8] and formally dedicated on Armistice Day, November 11.[9][10][11][12][13]

The portion of the Boulevard of the Allies downtown, between Commonwealth Place and Grant Street, was previously part of Second Avenue (see that entry for more details). It was made part of the Boulevard of the Allies by a city ordinance in 1927.[14]


  1. "'Boulevard of Allies' council's name for highway to Oakland." Pittsburgh Post, Mar. 4, 1919, p. 8. 87642408. [view source]blvd-allies
  2. "Name boulevard for Allies, is plan: Council adopts motion by Garland—firemen's back pay held up: Hospitals get water." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Mar. 4, 1919, p. 13. 85765559. [view source]blvd-allies-gazette
  3. "A 'Boulevard of the Allies' is council proposal." Pittsburg Press, Mar. 4, 1919, p. 12. 144817775. [view source]blvd-allies-press
  4. Torsten Ove. "Site names here are out of sight: From Swamp Poodle Road to Grant Street, locales in the region bear names that are little understood or largely forgotten." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 8, 1998, pp. A-1, A-6. 94754709, 94754864. [view source]ove
  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. "Meeting and parade will open Boulevard of Allies this morning: Addresses by mayor and others to mark ceremony: Ribbon last barrier." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Oct. 2, 1922, [p. 1]. 86471515. [view source]blvd-allies-meeting
  7. "Officials open new Boulevard of the Allies: $2,000,000 highway formally thrown open for use of public: Parade over route." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Oct. 3, 1922, pp. 1, 4. 86471499, 86471496. [view source]blvd-allies-officials
  8. "Open Boulevard of the Allies: Memorial highway is freed to public." Pittsburgh Press, Oct. 2, 1922, [p. 1]. 144821670. [view source]blvd-allies-open
  9. "City to honor war dead in boulevard dedication and Armistice Day parade: King Albert's medal to be awarded three by Belgian consul: Marchers bar jazz." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Nov. 11, 1922, pp. 1, 5. 86272552, 86272570. [view source]blvd-allies-city
  10. "Allies Boulevard dedication and banquet features: Soldier is decorated; Northside monument unveiled: Gaiety, pathos mark fetes." Pittsburgh Sunday Post, Nov. 12, 1922, sec. 1, pp. 1, 9. 86499532, 86499540. [view source]blvd-allies-dedication
  11. "Armistice Day observed by street parade of ex-soldiers: Boulevard of Allies formally dedicated in memory of end of war: Honor medals given." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Nov. 12, 1922, pp. 1, 8. 85910886, 85910893. [view source]blvd-allies-observed
  12. "Parade of 25,000 vets to feature Armistice Day: Allies Boulevard will be dedicated: Hero to get D. S. C. award." Pittsburgh Post, Nov. 11, 1922, pp. 1, 2. 86499516, 86499517. [view source]blvd-allies-parade
  13. "City pays respect to soldier heroes in Armistice fete." Pittsburgh Press, Nov. 11, 1922, pp. 1, 2. 149525969, 149525975. [view source]blvd-allies-respect
  14. "An ordinance changing the names of certain avenues, streets, lanes, alleys and ways in the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1927, no. 205. Passed Mar. 21, 1927; approved Mar. 26, 1927. Ordinance Book 38, p. 408. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh: For the year 1927, appendix, p. 186, Smith Bros. Co. Inc., Pittsburgh (Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1927). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Apr. 1, 1927, p. 18 ( 88713906), and Apr. 2, p. 18 ( 88713926). [view source]ordinance-1927-205