Dawson Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Dawson Street
Neighborhoods Central Oakland, South Oakland
Bouquet Street (until 1908)
Origin of name Henry Bouquet

This street was originally part of Bouquet Street (also spelled Boquet), and as such it appears in maps going back to 1851.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

This part of Bouquet Street was renamed Dawson Street by a city ordinance in 1908.[9]

It is not clear to whom this name refers. A man named John Dawson lived on this street in the 1870s and 1880s.[4][6][a] Alternatively, many streets in Central and South Oakland are named for military men in Pittsburgh's early history, including Forbes Avenue, Bouquet Street, Halket Street, and Ward Street. Captain Samuel Dawson is commemorated on a tablet erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution on a wall on Oliver Avenue, between the First Presbyterian and Trinity Episcopal Churches.[10][11] Capt. Dawson's gravestone, bearing the death date September 6, 1779, is the earliest legible stone in the Trinity churchyard.[12]


  1. The 1882 Hopkins atlas misspells his name as "John Davidson."[5]


  1. Sidney & Neff and S. McRea. Map of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, with the Names of Property-Holders. Philadelphia, 1851. LCCN 2012592150. [view source]sidney-neff
  2. R. E. McGowin. Map of the Cities of Pittsburgh and Allegheny and of the Boroughs of South-Pittsburgh, Birmingham, East-Birmingham, Lawrenceville, Duquesne & Manchester etc. Schuchman & Haunlein, Pittsburgh, 1852. https://collections.lib.uwm.edu/digital/collection/agdm/id/32269/. [view source]mcgowin-1852
  3. 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
  4. 4.0 4.1 Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, p. 49. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1872-atlas-pittsburgh-allegheny; 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1872
  5. 5.0 5.1 Atlas of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny, plate 12. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1882. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1882-atlas-pittsburgh-allegheny; 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1882
  6. 6.0 6.1 Atlas of the City of Pittsburgh, vol. 2, plates 19, 20. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1889. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1889-volume-2-atlas-pittsburgh; included in the 1890 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1889-vol-2
  7. Real Estate Plat-Book of the City of Pittsburgh, vol. 1, plates 15, 16. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1898. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1898-volume-1-plat-book-pittsburgh-east. [view source]hopkins-1898-vol-1
  8. Real Estate Plat-Book of the City of Pittsburgh, vol. 1, plates 16–19. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1904. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1904-volume-1-plat-book-pittsburgh; included in the 1903–1906 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1904-vol-1
  9. "An ordinance changing the names of certain streets in the Fourteenth ward of the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1908, no. 56. Passed Feb. 3, 1908; approved Feb. 8, 1908. Ordinance Book 19, p. 85. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the [Select and Common Councils] of the City of Pittsburgh for the years 1907–'08–'09, appendix, p. 20, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1909 (Google Books gMBEAQAAMAAJ; HathiTrust chi.096598897; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecordselect1907, Pghmunicipalrecordcommon1907). [view source]ordinance-1908-56
  10. Annie Clark Miller. Early Land Marks and Names of Old Pittsburgh: An address delivered before the Pittsburgh Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution at Carnegie Institute, Nov. 30, 1923, p. 17. Pittsburgh Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, 1924. Historic Pittsburgh 00awn8211m; Internet Archive earlylandmarksna00mill. [view source]miller
  11. Devry Becker Jones. "In Commemoration Historical Marker." HMdb.org: The Historical Marker Database, Feb. 2, 2023. https://www.hmdb.org/m.asp?m=156265. [view source]in-commemoration
  12. Ann Rodgers. "Cemetery project peers into city's past: Found among the city's earliest resting places is a gravestone marked merely 'Sarah Ransom, 1794.'" Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 26, 2008, pp. A-1, A-9. Newspapers.com 96546722, 96546761; https://www.post-gazette.com/local/neighborhoods/2008/05/26/Cemetery-project-peers-into-city-s-past/stories/200805260111. [view source]cemetery-project