Collier Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Collier Street
Neighborhoods Homewood North, Homewood South
Origin of name Frederick Hill Collier

Collier Street is named for Frederick Hill Collier (1826–1906), Pittsburgh lawyer and district attorney. He served as the colonel of the 139th Pennsylvania Regiment of Volunteers in the American Civil War. In 1869 he was elected associate judge of the Court of Common Pleas, and he became tenth president judge of that court in 1903. Sterrett Street, one block to the west, is also named for a president judge of the Court of Common Pleas.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

Frances Lester Warner, in a 1923 essay called "The Pittsburgh Owl," included Collier Street in a list of streets named for Pittsburgh's "scientific paraphernalia,"[8] and Bob Regan copied this list (apparently uncritically) in his book.[5] Presumably Warner assumed the street was named for something related to coal or charcoal: a collier is a charcoal maker, a coal miner, a coal merchant, or a coal-carrying ship. But this origin is unlikely and contradicts other sources (including Regan's next paragraph) that point to Judge Collier.


  1. George T. Fleming. "Names recall Civil War heroes: Soldiers of national and local fame well commemorated in Pittsburgh: Battles also live." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, May 30, 1915, sec. 5, p. 2. 85758872. [view source]fleming-civil-war
  2. 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
  3. A. A. Lambing and J. W. F. White. Allegheny County: Its early history and subsequent development, p. 119. Snowden & Peterson, Pittsburgh, 1888. Google Books 6bY-AAAAYAAJ; HathiTrust 008957728, 100693049; Historic Pittsburgh 00aee8946m; Internet Archive centennialhistor00lamb; LCCN 18008828. [view source]lambing
  4. 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, p. 34. Pittsburgh Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, 1924. Historic Pittsburgh 00awn8211m; Internet Archive earlylandmarksna00mill. [view source]miller
  5. 5.0 5.1 Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 61. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan
  6. The Twentieth Century Bench and Bar of Pennsylvania, vol. 2. H. C. Cooper, Jr., Bro. & Co., Chicago, 1903. Google Books JkRGAQAAMAAJ; Internet Archive twentiethcentury02chic, twentiethcentury02unse_0. [view source]twentieth-2
  7. Erasmus Wilson, ed. Standard History of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. H. R. Cornell & Co., Chicago, 1898. Google Books 1dcwAQAAMAAJ; Historic Pittsburgh 00hc03974m; Internet Archive standardhistoryo00wils. [view source]wilson-erasmus
  8. Frances Lester Warner. Groups and Couples, p. 228. Houghton Mifflin, Boston and New York, 1923. Google Books lub2z89YnoYC; Internet Archive groupscouples00warn. The essay "The Pittsburgh Owl" is available at and [view source]groups-and-couples