Davis Avenue

From Pittsburgh Streets
Davis Avenue
Neighborhood Brighton Heights
Origin of name H. Davis or H. E. Davis

Davis Avenue appears in the 1876 Hopkins atlas.[1] It may be named for H. E. Davis, who owned the land on the south side of the road at its western end at that time.[1] On the other hand, the 1862 map of S. N. and F. W. Beers shows, where Davis Avenue would later be built, a driveway leading to the house of H. Davis, which seems to be a different person (a house to the north is labeled H. E. Davis),[2] so this may be the true origin of the name.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, p. 52. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1876. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1876-atlas-pittsburgh-allegheny; included in the 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1876
  2. S. N. & F. W. Beers. Map of Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Smith, Gallup & Hewitt, Philadelphia, 1862. LCCN 2012592151; 1862 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]beers