Cayuga Street

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Cayuga Street
Neighborhood Lower Lawrenceville
Origin of name Cayuga people

Cayuga Street ran from the intersection of Liberty Avenue and Main Street down to Neville Street in Skunk Hollow, not quite directly underneath the Bloomfield Bridge.[1] It was named for the Cayuga people.[2] The homeland of the Cayugas, a member of the Iroquois Six Nations, is around Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region of New York state, and today they also have significant numbers in Ontario and Oklahoma. The name in English comes from the Cayuga name for themselves, kayohkhó:nǫ' or kayokhwęhó:nǫ'.[3]

Most of Cayuga Street was vacated in 1951.[4] Officially a small stub still exists at the bottom of Skunk Hollow, intersecting Lorigan Street.[5]


  1. Real Estate Plat-Book of the City of Pittsburgh, vol. 3. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1924.; included in the 1923 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1924-vol-3
  2. George T. Fleming. "History recalled by street names: Stanwix brings to mind many important happenings in the early days of the Western Pennsylvania settlement." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Dec. 6, 1914, sec. 2, p. 8. 85907599. [view source]fleming-history-recalled
  3. William Bright. Native American Placenames of the United States, p. 84. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2004, ISBN 978-0-8061-3598-4. [view source]bright
  4. "An ordinance vacating Cayuga Street from Ewing Street to Lorigan Street, reserving the right to enter upon a portion of said Cayuga Street after the vacation and providing certain terms and conditions." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1951, no. 188. Passed Apr. 9, 1951; approved Apr. 13, 1951. Ordinance Book 57, p. 273. Reprinted (as bill no. 3181) in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Mar. 10, 1951, p. 5 ( 90004560), Mar. 17, p. 13 ( 90004744), and Mar. 24, p. 13 ( 90005349); and in the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, Mar. 10, 1951, p. 12 ( 524673411), Mar. 17, p. 12 ( 524300985), and Mar. 24, p. 12 ( 524304282). Reported in the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, Apr. 16, 1951, p. 10 ( 524899925); and in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Apr. 17, 1951, p. 21 ( 90006944). [view source]ordinance-1951-188
  5. City of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh Department of City Planning, GIS Division. Linked from [view source]pgh-city-planning-map