Dinwiddie Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Dinwiddie Street
Neighborhood Crawford-Roberts
Origin of name Robert Dinwiddie
Shoffers Lane
Origin of name John S. Shoffer
Lippincott's Lane (until ca. 1880)
Origin of name Lippincott family

Dinwiddie Street is named for Robert Dinwiddie (1692–1770),[1][2][3][4]:204,303[5][6][7][8][9][10] lieutenant governor of colonial Virginia, who in 1753 dispatched a small expedition under George Washington into Western Pennsylvania to demand that the French withdraw from the region.[8][9][4]:234–242[10][6][11]

The street was originally named Shoffers Lane or Shafer's Lane, for John S. Shoffer, a butcher who lived on the road.[1][12] Later it was known as Lippincott's Lane, after the Lippincott family who lived there.[1][13][12][14] Lippincott operated a shovel and saw factory on the street north of Colwell Street.[15][1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Signs for streets: With the names in big letters, to be placed at every corner: Following the Paris style: An attempt to label the city that proved a sad failure: How some streets were named." Pittsburg Dispatch, Aug. 10, 1892, p. 2. Newspapers.com 76578361. [view source]signs-for-streets
  2. Julia Morgan Harding. "Names of Pittsburgh streets: Their historical significance." Pittsburgh Bulletin, Feb. 15, 1893. Reprinted in Fort Duquesne and Fort Pitt: Early names of Pittsburgh streets, 13th ed., pp. 52–60, Fort Pitt Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, 1958 (HathiTrust 007074456). [view source]harding
  3. George T. Fleming. "History told in Pittsburgh street names: Some commemorative designations have been lost, but others are still in use to recall the story of their selection: Haphazard municipal nomenclature." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Nov. 29, 1914, sec. 5, p. 2. Newspapers.com 85906737. [view source]fleming-history-told
  4. 4.0 4.1 George Thornton Fleming. History of Pittsburgh and Environs: From prehistoric days to the beginning of the American Revolution, vol. 1. American Historical Society, New York and Chicago, 1922. Google Books 7ctaAAAAYAAJ, ffQMAAAAYAAJ, S88wAQAAMAAJ, tzUafgt-eskC; HathiTrust 011262563; Historic Pittsburgh 01aee9405m; Internet Archive historypittsbur01compgoog, historypittsbur01socigoog, historypittsbur01yorkgoog. [view source]fleming-history
  5. 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. 26. Pittsburgh Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, 1924. Historic Pittsburgh 00awn8211m; Internet Archive earlylandmarksna00mill. [view source]miller
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Street names sketch history of city: Tribute to many pioneers dimmed by time." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 26, 1936, anniversary section IV, p. 16. Newspapers.com 88921069. [view source]street-names
  7. Gilbert Love. "What's in a name? A lot!: Titles of city streets recall persons famed in U. S. history: From Golden Triangle eastward, thoroughfares list great and near great of colonial and revolutionary days." Pittsburgh Press, Feb. 12, 1944, p. 9. Newspapers.com 147946752. [view source]love-titles
  8. 8.0 8.1 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
  9. 9.0 9.1 James K. DeLaney. "Spectres of past haunt Pittsburgh's corner signposts: Street names 'pennants of tribute.'" Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Mar. 30, 1967, [p. 41]. Newspapers.com 88235360. [view source]delaney
  10. 10.0 10.1 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
  11. George Washington. The Journal of Major George Washington: Sent by the Hon. Robert Dinwiddie, Esq; His Majesty's Lieutenant-Governor, and Commander in Chief of Virginia, to the commandant of the French forces on Ohio: To which are added, the governor's letter, and a translation of the French officer's answer. William Hunter, Williamsburg, 1754. https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/etas/33/. An edition printed in London for T. Jefferys in 1754 is reproduced in Hugh Cleland, George Washington in the Ohio Valley, [pp. 8–42], University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, 1955, ISBN 978-0-8229-8362-0 (HathiTrust 000564544; LCCN 55-6874). [view source]washington
  12. 12.0 12.1 George T. Fleming. "Reisville now forgotten name: Once thriving suburb called after a pioneer has long been incorporated into City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Dec. 19, 1915, sec. 5, p. 2. Newspapers.com 85762040. [view source]fleming-reisville
  13. George T. Fleming. "Center avenue is a famous old road: Quiet thoroughfare known in Pittsburgh history as home of prominent men: Short route to east." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Oct. 31, 1915, sec. 6, p. 2. Newspapers.com 85899943. [view source]fleming-center
  14. "The death roll: John C. Lippincott." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Jan. 4, 1916, p. 2. Newspapers.com 85762334. [view source]lippincott-obit
  15. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, p. 36. 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