Cairo Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Cairo Street
Neighborhood Mount Washington
Origin of name Cairo, Egypt; modification of earlier name, Carey
Carey Street (until 1881)

This street was originally named Carey Street.[1] It was renamed Cairo Street in 1881 to avoid confusion with Carey Alley in the South Side Flats (today Carey Way).[2] Bob Regan includes "Cairo" in a list of streets named for cities.[3]


  1. 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
  2. "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
  3. 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