Craig Street

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For other streets that have been named Craig Street, see Craig Street (disambiguation).
Craig Street
Neighborhood North Oakland
Origin of name Isaac Craig

Most sources say that Craig Street is named for Major Isaac Craig (1742–1826).[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10] Major Craig was a soldier in the Revolutionary War who had served as an officer at Fort Pitt. After the war, he and Colonel Stephen Bayard (eponym of Bayard Street) bought Fort Pitt and the land at the Point; with Bayard and other partners, he started several businesses, including a distillery, a sawmill, a saltworks, and a glassworks. He served as quartermaster, supervised the construction of Fort Fayette, and in 1802 was elected Chief Burgess of the Borough of Pittsburgh (the equivalent of mayor before the 1816 city charter).[11][12][7][13] See also Fort Street.

Margaret Carlin and Clifford C. Ham, on the other hand, associate Craig Street with Isaac Craig's son, Neville B. Craig (1787–1863), a newspaper editor and early historian of Pittsburgh.[14][15] Craig owned a farm named Bellefield, and Craig Street ran through it.[15][16] See also Bellefield Avenue and Neville Street.

George T. Fleming, while focusing primarily on Isaac Craig, suggests that the street honors both men.[12]


  1. James K. DeLaney. "Spectres of past haunt Pittsburgh's corner signposts: Street names 'pennants of tribute.'" Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Mar. 30, 1967, [p. 41]. 88235360. [view source]delaney
  2. George T. Fleming. "Wood's plan of Pittsburgh: Thomas Vickroy's account of the survey of 1784 and parts taken in city's early life by Craig and Bayard." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Dec. 13, 1914, second section, p. 2. 85908612. [view source]fleming-woods
  3. Julia Morgan Harding. "Names of Pittsburgh streets: Their historical significance." Pittsburgh Bulletin, Feb. 15, 1893. Reprinted in Fort Duquesne and Fort Pitt: Early names of Pittsburgh streets, 13th ed., pp. 52–60, Fort Pitt Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, 1958 (HathiTrust 007074456). [view source]harding
  4. "Historical society discusses lives of early Pittsburgh men." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Feb. 9, 1926, p. 8. 86463468. [view source]historical
  5. 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
  6. 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. 28. Pittsburgh Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, 1924. Historic Pittsburgh 00awn8211m; Internet Archive earlylandmarksna00mill. [view source]miller
  7. 7.0 7.1 Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 66. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan
  8. William M. Rimmel. "Street names tell stories." Out of the Past. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Feb. 28, 1976, Daily Magazine, [p. 17]. 90063484. [view source]rimmel-street-names
  9. William M. Rimmel. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Mar. 14, 1987, p. 21. 89379012. [view source]rimmel-1997
  10. "Street names sketch history of city: Tribute to many pioneers dimmed by time." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 26, 1936, anniversary section IV, p. 16. 88921069. [view source]street-names
  11. Neville B. Craig. The History of Pittsburgh: With a brief notice of its facilities of communication, and other advantages for commercial and manufacturing purposes. John H. Mellor, Pittsburgh, 1851. Google Books cE0OAAAAIAAJ; HathiTrust 001263103; Historic Pittsburgh 00aee7261m, 31735056285699; Internet Archive historyofpittsbu00crai. [view source]craig
  12. 12.0 12.1 George T. Fleming. "Isaac Craig is honored by city: Street name recalls deeds of revolutionary hero, patriot and pioneer: His stirring story." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Aug. 29, 1915, fifth section, p. 2. 85764563. [view source]fleming-isaac-craig
  13. Emily M. Weaver. The Fort Pitt Block House. History Press, Charleston, S. C., 2013, ISBN 978-1-60949-933-4. [view source]weaver-block-house
  14. Margaret Carlin. "How our streets got their names." Pittsburgh Press, Feb. 6, 1966, Pittsburgh's Family Magazine, p. 10. 149098376. [view source]carlin
  15. 15.0 15.1 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
  16. R. E. McGowin. Map of the Cities of Pittsburgh and Allegheny and of the Boroughs of South-Pittsburgh, Birmingham, East-Birmingham, Lawrenceville, Duquesne & Manchester etc. Schuchman & Haunlein, Pittsburgh, 1852. [view source]mcgowin-1852