Eureka Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Eureka Street
Neighborhoods Allentown, Mount Washington
North Street (until 1881)
Origin of name Its location to the north of South Street (Excelsior Street)

This street was originally North Street, the sister of South Street (today Excelsior Street). It appears in the 1872 Hopkins atlas.[1] It was renamed Eureka Street in 1881, apparently because of the duplication with North Street in Lawrenceville (which was also renamed by the same ordinance, becoming Foster Street).[2]

Bob Regan includes "Eureka" in his "Streets of Pittsburgh" crossword puzzle, clued as "A cry of scientific discovery; also a town in northwest California."[3] Unfortunately this is just a dictionary definition of the word eureka and gives no information about the origin of the street name.

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  1. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, p. 100. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872.; 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1872
  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, Herald Printing Co., Pittsburgh, 1881 (Internet Archive pghmunicipalrecord1880). [view source]ordinance-1881-33
  3. 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