Comet Way

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Comet Way
Neighborhood Shadyside
Cherry Alley (until 1881)
Comet Alley (1881–1914)

This alley appears, labeled just "Alley," in a plan of lots laid out in 1868 for William and James Murdock.[1] It also appears, unlabeled, in the 1872 Hopkins atlas.[2] It was originally named Cherry Alley, but was renamed Comet Alley in 1881 to fix the duplication with Cherry Alley downtown (today Cherry Way).[3] It became Comet Way in 1914 when an ordinance changed all alleys in the city to ways.[4]

Bob Regan includes "Comet" in a list of astronomy-related street names.[5]

See also


  1. "Plan of lots laid out for Wm & James Murdock, situate in the 20th Ward City of Pittsburgh." Laid out Aug. 1868; recorded Sept. 29, 1869, Plan Book 4, p. 1. Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds 3778768. [view source]wm-james-murdock-plan
  2. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, p. 63. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872.; 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1872
  3. "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
  4. "An ordinance changing the name 'Alley' on every thoroughfare in the City of Pittsburgh, to 'Way.'" Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1914, no. 402. Passed Nov. 10, 1914; approved Nov. 16, 1914. Ordinance Book 26, p. 360. Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Nov. 23, 1914, p. 11 ( 86505785), and Nov. 24, p. 12 ( 86505809). [view source]ordinance-1914-402
  5. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 68. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan