Cowan Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Cowan Street
Neighborhood Mount Washington
Origin of name Christopher Cowan

Cowan Street is named for Christopher Cowan, who married Eliza Kirkpatrick, the daughter of Major Abraham Kirkpatrick, for whom Kirkpatrick Street is named. Major Kirkpatrick once owned 716 acres of land in the area, a large part of Mount Washington and Duquesne Heights, and it was then inherited by his three daughters. Shaler Street and Joel's Lane (today's Amabell Street) were named for Major Kirkpatrick's other sons-in-law.[1]


  1. 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