Crane Avenue

From Pittsburgh Streets
Crane Avenue
Neighborhoods Banksville, Beechview, Mount Washington
Origin of name M. Crane
Lowen Avenue (until 1909)
Origin of name John Lowen
Spring Street (ca. 1900)
Bulford Avenue (ca. 1920)
Origin of name Probably Daniel Bulford

A road in the location of modern Crane Avenue appears in the 1862 Allegheny County map of S. N. and F. W. Beers, along with a house labeled "Mrs. Crane" at the northwest corner of this road and the Saw Mill Run road.[1] Mrs. Crane's house or land is also shown in the Hopkins atlases of 1876 and 1886.[2][3]:22 An earlier Allegheny County map, from 1851, does not show the road but does show the house of an "M. Crane."[4] The name Crane Avenue was established by a Pittsburgh city ordinance in 1909.[5]

The Hopkins atlases of 1905 and 1910 give the name Lowen Avenue to the part of the road in the former borough of West Liberty.[6]:12,14[7] This name comes from John Lowen, who owned a plot of land on the north side of the road at the northwest corner of the borough.[2][3]:22[8][6]:14[7]

Part of Crane Avenue west of Banksville Road was formerly named Spring Street.[8][6]:15 The portion in Banksville was once called Bulford Avenue,[9] probably for Daniel Bulford, who had owned land to the north around Banksville Road.[3]:22,23[8]

See also


  1. S. N. & F. W. Beers. Map of Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Smith, Gallup & Hewitt, Philadelphia, 1862. LCCN 2012592151; 1862 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]beers
  2. 2.0 2.1 Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, p. 45. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1876.; included in the 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1876
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Atlas of the Vicinity of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny, Pennsylvania. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1886.; included in the 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1886
  4. Sidney & Neff and S. McRea. Map of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, with the Names of Property-Holders. Philadelphia, 1851. LCCN 2012592150. [view source]sidney-neff
  5. "An ordinance changing and establishing the names of certain avenues, streets, lanes and alleys in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth wards of the City of Pittsburgh (formerly known as the Boroughs of West Liberty and Beechview)." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1909, no. 375. Passed Oct. 14, 1909; approved Oct. 20, 1909. Ordinance Book 20, p. 614. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the [Select and Common Councils] of the City of Pittsburgh for the years 1909–1910, appendix, pp. 146–150, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1910 (Google Books doQzAQAAMAAJ; HathiTrust uiug.30112108223832; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1909). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Nov. 11, 1909, p. 8 ( 86421216), and Nov. 12, p. 11 ( 86421491). [view source]ordinance-1909-375
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Real Estate Plat-Book of the Southern Vicinity of Pittsburgh. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1905.; included in the 1903–1906 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1905
  7. 7.0 7.1 Atlas of Greater Pittsburgh, plate 29. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1910.; 1910 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1910
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Real Estate Plat-Book of the Southern Vicinity of Pittsburgh, Penna., plate 10. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1896.; included in the 1890 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1896
  9. Plat-Book of the City of Pittsburgh, vol. 7, plates 9, 23. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1917, revised 1928.; included in the 1923 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1917-vol-7