Fort Pitt Boulevard

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Fort Pitt Boulevard
Neighborhood Central Business District
Origin of name Fort Pitt
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Water Street (1764–1952)
Origin of name Its location along the Monongahela River

The segment of Fort Pitt Boulevard between Stanwix Street and Market Street was one of the very first streets of Pittsburgh; it was named Water Street in John Campbell's "military plan" of 1764. That name reflected its location along the north bank of the Monongahela River. The other streets in Campbell's plan were First Street (today First Avenue), Second Street (today the Boulevard of the Allies), Ferry Street (today Stanwix Street), Chancery Lane (today Chancery Way), and Market Street.[1][2][3]:439–440 When George Woods laid out the town of Pittsburgh twenty years later, Campbell's plan was incorporated without change, including its streets and its peculiarly small lots.[2][3]:487–488[4]

Water Street was renamed Fort Pitt Boulevard in 1952, after the City Planning Commission recommended that main thoroughfares should be given names of historical significance. Duquesne Way, along the Allegheny River, was renamed Fort Duquesne Boulevard at the same time.[5][6]

There are a few references to "Fort Pitt Boulevard" from the early 20th century, but these are mistakes for William Pitt Boulevard, which was the name of Beechwood Boulevard from 1910 to 1913.

See also


  1. John Campbell. Plan of Lots in Pittsburgh—1764. 1764. Reproduced in William G. Johnston, Life and Reminiscences from Birth to Manhood of Wm. G. Johnston, Knickerbocker Press, New York, 1901 (Google Books N-QEAAAAYAAJ; Historic Pittsburgh 00adj9508m; Internet Archive lifereminiscence00john); in George T. Fleming, "Flem's" Views of Old Pittsburgh: A portfolio of the past precious with memories, p. 5, Geo. T. Fleming, Pittsburgh, 1905 (HathiTrust 011204797, 100770599; Historic Pittsburgh 31735056290277; Internet Archive flemsviewsofoldp00flem; LCCN 08028848); in 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 ( 85906737); in George T. Fleming, "History from an old map: Masson's map of Pittsburgh, 1805, further considered—Campbell's plan of 1764, Woods and Vickroy's complete plan of 1784—the old military plan unwillingly retained—Vickroy's deposition quoted: Pioneer names enumerated as lot owners; Historic characters recalled by names on Masson's plan—explanation of numbering of lots and some mention of freeholders—Imlay's topographical description of 1793," Pittsburgh Gazette Times, July 16, 1922, sec. 2, p. 2 ( 85913850); in George T. Fleming, Fleming's Views of Old Pittsburgh: A portfolio of the past, p. 10, Crescent Press, Pittsburgh, 1932; in George Swetnam, "Ferry Street historic, one of oldest in city: Backward switch gives recognition to man undeserving of honor," Pittsburgh Press, Nov. 25, 1954, p. 16 ( 149015965); in Bruce J. Buvinger, The Origin, Development and Persistence of Street Patterns in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, p. 21; and in Bob Regan, The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 57, The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. This map is often called the "military plan of Pittsburgh." [view source]campbell
  2. 2.0 2.1 Neville B. Craig. The History of Pittsburgh: With a brief notice of its facilities of communication, and other advantages for commercial and manufacturing purposes. John H. Mellor, Pittsburgh, 1851. Google Books cE0OAAAAIAAJ; HathiTrust 001263103; Historic Pittsburgh 00aee7261m, 31735056285699; Internet Archive historyofpittsbu00crai. [view source]craig
  3. 3.0 3.1 History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania: Including its early settlement and progress to the present time; a description of its historic and interesting localities; its cities, towns and villages; religious, educational, social and military history; mining, manufacturing and commercial interests; improvements, resources, statistics, etc.: Also portraits of some of its prominent men, and biographies of many of its representative citizens. A. Warner & Co., Chicago, 1889. Google Books DwzYAAAAMAAJ; Internet Archive historyofalleghe1889cush. [view source]history-of-allegheny-county
  4. George Woods. A Draught of the Town Plat of Pittsburgh, Surveyed for John Penn, Jr., and John Penn, by George Woods, May 31st 1784. 1784. Reproduced as "Original plan of Pittsburgh" in plate 19 of Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872 (Historic Pittsburgh 1872p019). [view source]woods-plat
  5. "Council runs boulevards into park: Changes names." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 16, 1952, p. 8. 90005799. [view source]council-runs-boulevards-into-park
  6. "An ordinance changing the names of Duquesne Way, between Barbeau Street and Eleventh Street, to Fort Duquesne Boulevard, and Water Street, between the west line of Short Street and Grant Street, to Fort Pitt Boulevard." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1952, no. 337. Passed Sept. 15, 1952; approved Sept. 22, 1952. Ordinance Book 58, p. 246. Reported in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 24, 1952, p. 27 ( 90006522), and Sept. 25, p. 22 ( 89447679); and in the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, Sept. 27, 1952, p. 16 ( 524017067). [view source]ordinance-1952-337