Dallas Avenue

From Pittsburgh Streets
Dallas Avenue
Neighborhoods Homewood South, Homewood West, Point Breeze, Point Breeze North, Squirrel Hill North, Squirrel Hill South
Origin of name Trevanion Barlow Dallas or Matilda Dallas
Steelers Avenue (1996)
Origin of name Pittsburgh Steelers

Several sources include Dallas Avenue in lists of streets named after judges,[1][2][3] which points to Trevanion Barlow Dallas (1801–1841), fifth president judge of the Court of Common Pleas (1835–1839) and associate judge of the district court of Allegheny County (1839–1841). As president judge of the Court of Common Pleas, he succeeded Charles Shaler, eponym of Shaler Street, who later followed him as associate judge of the district court.[4][5]:105–106,119[6] Trevanion Barlow Dallas is also the eponym of Trevanion Street in Regent Square.[7]

On the other hand, some sources say Dallas Avenue is named after Matilda Dallas, second wife of the judge William Wilkins (for whom Wilkins Avenue is named), whose estate, Homewood, was nearby.[8][9] Matilda was the sister of Trevanion and also of George M. Dallas, Vice President of the United States in the Polk administration.[5]:104

On January 25, 1996, three days before the Pittsburgh Steelers faced the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XXX, Dallas Avenue was facetiously renamed Steelers Avenue "until further notice."[10][11] Ralph Kraszewski, the director of public works, explained, "The change is being made for obvious reasons."[10] The sign with the new name was stolen almost as soon as it was put up.[11]

See also


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  2. Margaret Carlin. "How our streets got their names." Pittsburgh Press, Feb. 6, 1966, Pittsburgh's Family Magazine, p. 10. Newspapers.com 149098376. [view source]carlin
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  6. Erasmus Wilson, ed. Standard History of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. H. R. Cornell & Co., Chicago, 1898. Google Books 1dcwAQAAMAAJ; Historic Pittsburgh 00hc03974m; Internet Archive standardhistoryo00wils. [view source]wilson-erasmus
  7. Sue Maloney. "Past is present in Regent Square." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Aug. 14, 1982, pp. 17, 20. Newspapers.com 89838180, 89838205. [view source]maloney
  8. 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
  9. Lillian Thomas. "City plays the name game." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Mar. 26, 2001, pp. C-5, C-8. Newspapers.com 90410524, 90410540. [view source]thomas-city
  10. 10.0 10.1 Mark S. Warnick and Adrian McCoy. "Super Bowl scenes." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jan. 26, 1996, p. B-3. Newspapers.com 89678251. [view source]super-bowl
  11. 11.0 11.1 Dennis B. Roddy. "City paves the way for Mario's place in history." Close Encounters. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 14, 1997, pp. A-1, A-6. Newspapers.com 91754606, 91754641. [view source]marios-place