Denniston Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Denniston Street
Neighborhoods Point Breeze, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill North, Squirrel Hill South

George T. Fleming, in a 1915 newspaper column about military origins of street names, writes: "We have some further commemoration of local soldiers, though some of it is divided by the application of family names of pioneer and prominent people of Pittsburgh. Thus we find . . . Denniston avenue, also reminding us of Maj. Joseph F. Denniston, city and county treasurer, who came back from his services with the Excelsior Brigade minus a leg and with a shattered arm to suffer until death relieved him."[1]

Bob Regan says instead that Denniston Street was named after Samuel Denniston, a large landowner in the area.[2]


  1. George T. Fleming. "Names recall Civil War heroes: Soldiers of national and local fame well commemorated in Pittsburgh: Battles also live." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, May 30, 1915, fifth section, p. 2. 85758872. [view source]fleming-civil-war
  2. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 67. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan