Cremo Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Cremo Street
Neighborhood North Shore
Craig Street (until 1910)
Origin of name Isaac Craig

Cremo Street formerly ran from the Allegheny River north to the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne & Chicago Railway, slightly east of the current line of Mazeroski Way. It was originally named Craig Street for Major Isaac Craig (1742–1826),[1][2][3] for whom Craig Street in Oakland is also named. Craig Street appears in the 1830 map of Jean Barbeau and Lewis Keyon.[4]

In 1910, over 900 streets were renamed to fix duplicates. Because of the name conflict with the street in Oakland, Craig Street was renamed Cremo Street.[5][1][3] The origin of the apparently meaningless new name was puzzling even at the time. A 1909 article in the Pittsburgh Post, listing the proposed new names, remarked, ". . . no reason is known for the changing of Craig street, Northside, to Cremo street."[6] The historian George T. Fleming was not fond of the new name. In 1914, he wrote, "There was also Craig street on the North Side, now Cremo street, . . . . It is not known who put the cream in Cremo, but whoever did forgot to remove the flavor of a cheap cigar."[1] The next year he commented, "There was once Craig street in old Allegheny, now the North Side, Pittsburgh, now called Cremo street, and it may be as well to state in passing that the cream is altogether a matter of euphony."[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 George T. Fleming. "Wood's [sic] 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, sec. 2, p. 2. 85908612. [view source]fleming-woods
  2. 2.0 2.1 George T. Fleming. "Neville a name that shines in history: Notable deeds of two Revolutionary heroes recalled by Pittsburgh streets: A legacy of honor." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Aug. 15, 1915, sec. 5, p. 2. 85379719. [view source]fleming-neville
  3. 3.0 3.1 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, sec. 5, p. 2. 85764563. [view source]fleming-isaac-craig
  4. Jean Barbeau and Lewis Keyon. Map of Pittsburgh and Its Environs. N. B. Molineux, Pittsburgh, 1830. Historic Pittsburgh DARMAP0576; [view source]barbeau
  5. "An ordinance changing the names of certain avenues, streets, lanes and alleys in the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1910, no. 715. Passed Mar. 31, 1910; approved Apr. 5, 1910. Ordinance Book 21, p. 342. 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. 312–328, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1910 (Google Books doQzAQAAMAAJ; HathiTrust uiug.30112108223832; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1909). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Apr. 19, 1910, pp. 10–11 ( 86611990, 86612022), Apr. 20, pp. 10–11 ( 86612278, 86612297), and Apr. 21, pp. 10–11 ( 86612601, 86612625). [view source]ordinance-1910-715
  6. "Citizens will be strangers: Hard to locate homes after city streets are renamed." Pittsburgh Post, July 28, 1909, pp. 1–2. 86422549, 86422563. [view source]citizens-will-be-strangers