Eden Way

From Pittsburgh Streets
Eden Way
Neighborhood Central Lawrenceville
Locust Alley (until 1881)
Portion Between 40th Street and 43rd Street
Spruce Alley (until 1881)
Portion Between 43rd Street and 47th Street
Eden Alley (1881–1914)

The part of this alley between 40th Street and 43rd Street was originally named Locust Alley. It appears in the 1830 map of Jean Barbeau and Lewis Keyon.[1]

The part between 43rd Street and 47th Street was originally named Spruce Alley.

Locust and Spruce Alleys were together renamed Eden Alley in 1881.[2] It became Eden Way in 1914 when an ordinance changed all alleys in the city to ways.[3]

Bob Regan includes "Eden" in his "Streets of Pittsburgh" crossword puzzle, clued as "The beautiful garden where Adam and Eve were placed at the Creation."[4] Unfortunately this is just a dictionary definition of the name Eden and gives no information about the origin of the alley name.

See also


  1. Jean Barbeau and Lewis Keyon. Map of Pittsburgh and Its Environs. N. B. Molineux, Pittsburgh, 1830. Historic Pittsburgh DARMAP0576; https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/36c3ab00-57aa-0136-8f4f-08990f217bc9. [view source]barbeau
  2. "An ordinance establishing the names of avenues, streets, lanes and alleys of the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1881, no. 33. Passed Feb. 28, 1881; approved Mar. 4, 1881. Ordinance Book 5, p. 212. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Select and Common Councils of the City of Pittsburgh, for the year 1880, pp. 213–234 (Internet Archive pghmunicipalrecord1880). [view source]ordinance-1881-33
  3. "An ordinance changing the name 'Alley' on every thoroughfare in the City of Pittsburgh, to 'Way.'" Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1914, no. 402. Passed Nov. 10, 1914; approved Nov. 16, 1914. Ordinance Book 26, p. 360. Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Nov. 23, 1914, p. 11 (Newspapers.com 86505785), and Nov. 24, p. 12 (Newspapers.com 86505809). [view source]ordinance-1914-402
  4. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, pp. 183–186. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan