Brackenridge Street

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Brackenridge Street
Neighborhood Terrace Village
Origin of name Hugh Henry Brackenridge

Brackenridge Street is named for Hugh Henry Brackenridge (1748–1816), Pittsburgh lawyer and judge who was instrumental in the formation of Allegheny County and later became a justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.[1][2]

The street name was formerly spelled Breckenridge, with an E in the first syllable. Annie Clark Miller, writing in 1924, supposed that it was a corruption of Brackenridge.[3] (So do Post-Gazette articles from 1936 and 1967, apparently copying Miller.)[4][5] The spelling was corrected to Brackenridge by a city ordinance in 1934.[6]

See also Bates Street.


  1. History of Pittsburgh and Environs, vol. 2. American Historical Society, New York and Chicago, 1922. Google Books 3staAAAAYAAJ, TPUMAAAAYAAJ; HathiTrust 011262563; Internet Archive historypittsbur00yorkgoog, historypittsbur02socigoog. [view source]history-pgh-environs-2
  2. 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
  3. Annie Clark Miller. Early Land Marks and Names of Old Pittsburgh: An address delivered before the Pittsburgh Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution at Carnegie Institute, Nov. 30, 1923, pp. 30–32. Pittsburgh Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, 1924. Historic Pittsburgh 00awn8211m; Internet Archive earlylandmarksna00mill. [view source]miller
  4. "Street names sketch history of city: Tribute to many pioneers dimmed by time." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 26, 1936, anniversary section IV, p. 16. 88921069. [view source]street-names
  5. James K. DeLaney. "Spectres of past haunt Pittsburgh's corner signposts: Street names 'pennants of tribute.'" Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Mar. 30, 1967, [p. 41]. 88235360. [view source]delaney
  6. "An ordinance changing the names of certain avenues, streets, roads and ways in the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1934, no. 360. Passed Dec. 17, 1934; approved Dec. 20, 1934. Ordinance Book 46, p. 261. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh: For the year 1934, appendix, p. 312, City Printing Company, Pittsburgh, 1934 (Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1934). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dec. 26, 1934, p. 17 ( 90546999), and Dec. 27, p. 21 ( 90547053). [view source]ordinance-1934-360