Esplen Street

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Esplen Street
Neighborhood Esplen
Origin of name John or Harry Esplen

Esplen Street is in the neighborhood of Esplen, and presumably the names of the street and the neighborhood share the same origin. One source says that the neighborhood is named for John Esplen, a riverman who built a house at the mouth of Saw Mill Run;[1] another says that it is named for Harry Esplen, a noted Temperanceville citizen.[2]


  1. Albert W. Bloom. "Pittsburgh today made up of many villages: City a composite of 25 to 30 municipalities whose separate identities meant much years ago." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jan. 14, 1953, Daily Magazine, [p. 1]. 89450362. [view source]bloom-villages
  2. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 40. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan