Crucible Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Crucible Street
Neighborhoods Crafton Heights, Elliott
Origin of name Crucible, a container for melting metal
Catharine Street (until 1905)
Woodland Boulevard (until 1922)
Origin of name Woodland, plan of lots laid out on land of James Wood

The part of this street southeast of Zahniser Street was originally named Catharine Street. It appears (misspelled as Cathirine) in the 1872 Hopkins atlas.[1] It was renamed Crucible Street in 1905,[2] after the borough of Elliott had been annexed into the city of Pittsburgh at the beginning of that year.

The part northwest of Zahniser Street was originally named Woodland Boulevard.[3] Woodland was the name of the plan of lots laid out on the land of the late James Wood,[3] who had owned 211¼ acres here.[4] Woodland Boulevard was renamed Crucible Street in 1922 to match the other half of the street.[5][6]

Frances Lester Warner, in a 1923 essay called "The Pittsburgh Owl," included Crucible Street in a list of streets named for Pittsburgh's "scientific paraphernalia,"[7] and Bob Regan copied this list in his book.[8] A crucible is a container for melting metal; one historically important application was the production of crucible steel.


  1. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, p. 110. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872.; 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1872
  2. "An ordinance changing and establishing the names of avenues, streets and alleys in the Thirty-ninth ward of the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1905, no. 60. Passed May 15, 1905; approved May 17, 1905. Ordinance Book 17, p. 61. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the [Select and Common Councils] of the City of Pittsburgh for the year 1905–1906, appendix, pp. 18–20, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1906 (Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1905). [view source]ordinance-1905-60
  3. 3.0 3.1 Real Estate Plat-Book of the Southern Vicinity of Pittsburgh, plate 21. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1905.; included in the 1903–1906 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1905
  4. Atlas of the Vicinity of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny, Pennsylvania, plate 26. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1886.; included in the 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1886
  5. "An ordinance changing the names of various streets, avenues, lanes, roads, alleys and ways in the Twentieth and Twenty-eighth Wards (formerly Chartiers Township)." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1922, no. 336. Passed Oct. 2, 1922; approved Oct. 3, 1922. Ordinance Book 33, p. 604. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh for the year 1922, appendix, pp. 238–244, Kaufman Printing Company, Pittsburgh (Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1922). [view source]ordinance-1922-336
  6. "Street names in two wards to be changed: Former Chartiers township thoroughfares will be renamed by city: Many made official." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, June 4, 1922, second section, p. 3. 85873495. [view source]street-names-in-two-wards
  7. Frances Lester Warner. Groups and Couples, p. 228. Houghton Mifflin, Boston and New York, 1923. Google Books lub2z89YnoYC; Internet Archive groupscouples00warn. The essay "The Pittsburgh Owl" is available at and [view source]groups-and-couples
  8. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, pp. 61, 183–186. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan