Elmer Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Elmer Street
Neighborhood Shadyside
Origin of name Probably for Elmer, the estate of David Aiken, Jr., possibly named for Elmer E. Ellsworth

Elmer Street appears in the 1872 Hopkins atlas, extending west all the way to Neville Street.[1]

An 1862 map of Allegheny County applies the label "Elmer" to the estate of David Aiken, Jr., which was located where Amberson Place is today.[2] The 1872 Hopkins atlas shows that this estate was just south of Elmer Street,[1] so it is likely that this is the direct source of the street name.

According to Annie Clark Miller, both Elmer Street and Ellsworth Avenue were named in honor of Elmer E. Ellsworth (1837–1861), the first Union officer killed in the Civil War.[3] Laura C. Frey repeats Miller's claim.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, p. 63. 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
  2. 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
  3. Annie Clark Miller. Chronicles of Families, Houses and Estates of Pittsburgh and Its Environs, p. 110. Pittsburgh, 1927. Google Books ulkLyD9MkygC; Internet Archive chroniclesoffami00mill. [view source]miller-chronicles
  4. Laura C. Frey. The Land in the Fork: Pittsburgh 1753–1914, p. 145. Dorrance & Co., Philadelphia, 1955. LCCN 55-10986. [view source]frey