Bunkerhill Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Bunkerhill Street
Neighborhood Highland Park
Origin of name Probably Bunker Hill in Boston or the Battle of Bunker Hill

This street appears, unlabeled and with dotted lines, in the 1882 Hopkins atlas.[1] It is labeled Bunker Hill Street in the 1890 edition.[2] The street was opened as Bunkerhill Street by a city ordinance in 1892;[3] three years later, the street was officially approved, confirmed, and located by another ordinance under the name Bunker Hill Street.[4] An ordinance in 1910, establishing the names of all thoroughfares in the city of Pittsburgh, spelled it Bunkerhill.[5]

It is probably named for Bunker Hill in Boston or for the famous battle fought there and on nearby Breed's Hill on June 17, 1775.


  1. Atlas of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny, plate 21. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1882. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1882-atlas-pittsburgh-allegheny; 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1882
  2. Atlas of the City of Pittsburgh, vol. 3, plate 12. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1890. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1890-volume-3-atlas-pittsburgh; included in the 1890 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1890-vol-3
  3. "An ordinance authorizing the opening of Bunkerhill street, from Highland avenue to Cumberland street." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1892, no. 322. Passed Dec. 12, 1892; approved Dec. 15, 1892. Ordinance Book 8, p. 542. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the [Select and Common Councils] of the City of Pittsburgh, for the year 1892–3, appendix, p. 102, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1892–1893 (Internet Archive pghmunicipalrecord1892). [view source]ordinance-1892-322
  4. "An ordinance approving, confirming and locating certain streets, avenues and alleys, in the City of Pittsburgh, as laid out in a certain plan known as a Plan of Part of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth wards, approved by Councils, November 14, 1887, the names of said streets, avenues and alleys being as follows, to wit: Amber street, Baum street, three unnamed alleys, Coral street, Onyx street, Conrad street [now Pacific avenue], Herman street [now Atlantic avenue], Marietta street [now Mignonette street], Penn avenue, Kirkwood street, Broad street, Harvard street, Rural street, Rippey street, Margaretta street, Black street, Hays street, Stanton avenue, Jackson street, McCully street, Dunn [now Hampton street], Broadway [now Bryant street], Callowhill street, Bothwell street, Bunker Hill street, Cromwell street, Brilliant street, Martha street, Park [now President alley], George [now Greenwood street], Vine [now Venango alley], Bishop street, Palmer alley, Scott [now Standish street], Catherine alley [now Conewago alley], Maria [now Manhattan street], Leon alley, Adelphia street, Sarah [now Syracuse street], Gael alley, Summit [now Witherspoon street], Java alley, Baker street, Ballard alley, Seely street, Butler street, Autumn street, Hiland [now Highland avenue], Euclid street, St. Clair street, Mellon street, Negley [now Portland street], Negley avenue, Pacific street, Fairmount street, Wayne street, Pendleton street, Cameron street, Lloyd street, Mirage street, Cumberland street, O'Connell street, Bayne street, Maddock [now McKenzie street], Haights street, Ann [now Antietam street], Garrison [now Gallatin street], unnamed alley, from Maria [now Manhattan street], to Leon alley, Chislett street, Swan alley, Jancy street, Snow alley, Morningside avenue, Kalamazoo alley, Rebecca street, Elgin street, Jamaica alley, El Paso street, Nolo alley, Ursina avenue, Hawthorn street, McKee street, Woodbine street, Third [now Trinity street], Dragoon alley, Second [now Adelphia street], First [now Livingstone street], Marietta street, East [now Elmwood street]." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1895, no. 399. Passed Mar. 25, 1895; approved Mar. 30, 1895. Ordinance Book 10, p. 245. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the [Select and Common Councils] of the City of Pittsburgh, for the year 1894–5, appendix, pp. 141–143, J. M. Kelly Printing Co., Pittsburgh (Internet Archive pghmunicipalrecord1894). Reprinted in the Pittsburg Press, Apr. 19, 1895, p. 9 (Newspapers.com 141563193), Apr. 20, p. 2 (Newspapers.com 141563230), and Apr. 22, p. 7 (Newspapers.com 141563445). [view source]ordinance-1895-399
  5. "An ordinance establishing the names of the avenues, streets, lanes and alleys in the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1910, no. 716. Passed Mar. 31, 1910; approved Apr. 5, 1910. Ordinance Book 21, p. 359. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the [Select and Common Councils] of the City of Pittsburgh for the years 1909–1910, appendix, pp. 328–381, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1910 (Google Books doQzAQAAMAAJ; HathiTrust uiug.30112108223832; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1909). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Apr. 29, 1910, pp. 12–16 (Newspapers.com 86616256, 86616285, 86616314, 86616333, 86616343), and Apr. 30, pp. 12–16 (Newspapers.com 86616643, 86616672, 86616694, 86616726, 86616748). [view source]ordinance-1910-716