Craft Avenue

From Pittsburgh Streets
See also Belgreen Place, which was formerly part of Craft Avenue.
Craft Avenue
Neighborhood South Oakland
Origin of name James S. Craft

Craft Avenue is named for James S. Craft,[1][2][3] an attorney from a New Jersey Quaker family who came to Oakland after the War of 1812.[4][5] He settled at what is now the corner of Forbes Avenue and Craft Avenue in a cabin called "The Bluffs," far outside Pittsburgh at the time.[1][4][5] Craft and his wife Emily survived an attack by Native Americans one night, after which they moved into town to Hand Street (today's Ninth Street).[4] Starting in 1860 he began to purchase land west of Pittsburgh with the aim to start a town.[4][5] He died in 1870, and shortly after his death the town of Crafton was laid out by his two daughters and son (see Crafton Boulevard).[1][4][5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ruth Ayers. "What's in a name?: Crafts, Gibsons and Irwins all gave their names to towns: Borough of Crafton was once estate of Pittsburgh lawyer: Pioneers played big part in development of communities." Pittsburgh Press, Oct. 3, 1936, p. 9. 147045286. [view source]ayers
  2. Clifford C. Ham. Marilyn P. Ham, ed. Historic Oakland: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Articles from The Oakland Newspaper: 1989–1995, p. 15. Oakland Planning and Development Corporation, Pittsburgh, 2007. [view source]ham
  3. Gilbert Love. "What's in a name? A lot!: Titles of city streets recall persons famed in U. S. history: From Golden Triangle eastward, thoroughfares list great and near great of colonial and revolutionary days." Pittsburgh Press, Feb. 12, 1944, p. 9. 147946752. [view source]love-titles
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 J. M. Miller. "The Crafts and Crafton: Interesting story of an old Pittsburgh family and the borough it founded." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Nov. 16, 1913, fourth section, p. 7. 85622421. [view source]crafts-and-crafton
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Betsy Martin. The Story of Crafton: 1740–1992, pp. 24–25, 31–34. Crafton Historical Society, 1992. Historic Pittsburgh 31735055766921. [view source]martin