Dickens Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Dickens Street
Neighborhood Crafton Heights
Origin of name Charles Dickens
Meadow Avenue (until 1922)
Portion Southeast of Crucible Street
Maple Avenue (until 1922)
Portion Between Crucible and Du Bois Streets
Sylvania Avenue (until 1922)
Portion South of Du Bois Street

This street was originally named Meadow Avenue.[1] It was renamed Dickens Street in 1922.[2][3]

At one time Dickens Street continued across Crucible Street to the northwest, meeting Du Bois Street and turning south to Fairston Street.[4] The segment between Crucible and Du Bois streets was originally Maple Avenue and that south of Du Bois Street was Sylvania Avenue,[1] both of which were also renamed Dickens Street in 1922.[2][3] Today only a small stub of this part of Dickens Street remains, at the south end of Du Bois Street.

Bob Regan includes "Dickens" in a list of streets named for noted historical people;[5] the implied eponym seems to be Charles Dickens (1812–1870), British author.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Real Estate Plat-Book of the Southern Vicinity of Pittsburgh, plate 21. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1905. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1905-plat-book-southern-pittsburgh; included in the 1903–1906 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1905
  2. 2.0 2.1 "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 (Google Books -UEtAQAAMAAJ; HathiTrust uiug.30112108223972; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1922). [view source]ordinance-1922-336
  3. 3.0 3.1 "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. Newspapers.com 85873495. [view source]street-names-in-two-wards
  4. Alexander Gross. Pittsburgh and Vicinity: Featuring transit lines and house numbers. Geographia Map Co. Inc., New York, 1953. Published with Alexander Gross, The Complete Street Guide to Pittsburgh and 16 Nearby Suburbs: With large map of Pittsburgh and suburbs; streets, house numbers, transportation lines, places of interest, churches, etc., etc., Geographia Map Co. Inc., New York, 1953 (DonsList.net PghStreets1953M). A slightly different version entitled The Premier Map of Pittsburgh and Vicinity is reproduced in Sam Stephenson, ed., Dream Street: W. Eugene Smith's Pittsburgh project, pp. 22–23, University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London, 2023, ISBN 978-0-226-82483-3 (LCCN 2022055151). [view source]gross-map
  5. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 63. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan