Fullerton Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Fullerton Street
Neighborhood Central Business District
Origin of name Modification of earlier name Fulton
O'Hara Street (1830s)
Portion North of Webster Avenue
Origin of name James O'Hara
Pittsburgh and Coal Hill Turnpike (1830s)
Portion Between Wylie Avenue and Centre Avenue
Fulton Street (ca. 1840 – 1910)
Origin of name Robert Fulton

William Darby's 1815 map includes an unlabeled road just to the west of a house labeled "Tannehill"[1] (Adamson Tannehill, for whom Tannehill Street was named).

Maps from the 1830s give the name O'Hara Street to the part of the street north of Coal Lane (today Webster Avenue).[2][3] This street was named for James O'Hara (ca. 1752 – 1819), who had owned land along this street.[4]

A segment further south was part of the Pittsburgh and Coal Hill Turnpike, which began on the line of modern Wylie Avenue and jogged south along this road before heading east along modern Centre Avenue.[2][3]

By 1845 a continuous street had been laid out along this line, named Fulton Street.[5] It was named for Robert Fulton (1765–1815), an engineer and inventor who developed the first commercially successful steamboat, and soon after built in Pittsburgh the first steamboat on the western rivers of the United States, the New Orleans, launched in 1811.[6]

In 1910, three years after the annexation of Allegheny into the city of Pittsburgh, over 900 streets were renamed to fix duplicates. There was another Fulton Street on the North Side, so this street was renamed Fullerton Street.[7] The name Fullerton does not refer to any person or place; it is merely a modification of the name Fulton.[8][6]

Fullerton Street was eliminated in the 1960s as part of an urban renewal project to make way for the Civic Arena. The modern Fullerton Street, a drive between parking lots, is not in the same location as the original street—it is significantly further west. The name Fullerton Street was officially approved for the modern street in 2015.[9]

See also


  1. Wm. Darby. Plan of Pittsburg and Adjacent Country. R. Patterson and W. Darby, Philadelphia, 1815. Historic Pittsburgh DARMAP0197, DARMAP0198. Reproduced in John W. Reps, The Making of Urban America: A history of city planning in the United States, p. 207, Princeton University Press, Princeton, N. J., 1965 (LCCN 63023414); and in Bruce J. Buvinger, The Origin, Development and Persistence of Street Patterns in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, p. 24. Also reproduced as "Plan von Pittsburg und Umgebungen" in Bernhard, Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (Heinrich Luden, ed.), Reise Sr. Hoheit des Herzogs Bernhard zu Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach durch Nord-Amerika in den Jahren 1825 und 1826, vol. II, following p. 200, Wilhelm Hoffmann, Weimar, 1828 (Internet Archive reisesrhoheitdes00bern, reisesrhoheitdes00inbern). [view source]darby
  2. 2.0 2.1 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
  3. 3.0 3.1 Lewis Keyon. Map of Pittsburgh and Its Environs. Johnston & Stockton, Pittsburgh, 1835. Historic Pittsburgh DARMAP0577; 1835 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]keyon
  4. George Woods. A General Draught of the Farms and Out Lots in the Manor of Pittsburgh, Situate Between the Alleghany and Monongahela Rivers, Laid Out by Order of Tench, Fransis, Esqr. Attorney for John Penn, Jr, and John Penn. 1784. Reproduced in plate 17 of Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872 (Historic Pittsburgh 1872p017). [view source]woods-farms
  5. R. E. M'Gowan. Map of Pittsburgh & Vicinity: Designating the portion destroyed by fire, April 10, 1845. J. W. Cook, Pittsburgh, 1845. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pittsburgh_map_1845.jpg. Published in the front matter of J. Heron Foster, A Full Account of the Great Fire at Pittsburgh, on the Tenth Day of April, 1845: With the individual losses, and contributions for relief, J. W. Cook, Pittsburgh, 1845 (Internet Archive fullaccountofgre00fost) and of O. Ormsby Gregg, Isaac Gregg, and Moses F. Eaton, Pittsburgh, Her Advantageous Position and Great Resources, as a Manufacturing and Commercial City, Embraced in a Notice of Sale of Real Estate, Johnson & Stockton, Pittsburgh, 1845 (Google Books nrJs-DDEN1sC; Historic Pittsburgh 00afu7810m). [view source]mcgowin-1845
  6. 6.0 6.1 George T. Fleming. "Robert Fulton, marvelous in invention, commemorated in Pittsburgh: Great genius immortalized by street name and building; invented the torpedo, the submarine and first warship propelled by steam: History shows Nicholas J. Roosevelt preceded him in successful propulsion of a boat by steam power." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Nov. 25, 1917, sec. 6, p. 3. Newspapers.com 85835184. [view source]fleming-fulton-2
  7. "An ordinance changing the names of certain avenues, streets, lanes and alleys in the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1910, no. 715. Passed Mar. 31, 1910; approved Apr. 5, 1910. Ordinance Book 21, p. 342. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the [Select and Common Councils] of the City of Pittsburgh for the years 1909–1910, appendix, pp. 312–328, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1910 (Google Books doQzAQAAMAAJ; HathiTrust uiug.30112108223832; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1909). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Apr. 19, 1910, pp. 10–11 (Newspapers.com 86611990, 86612022), Apr. 20, pp. 10–11 (Newspapers.com 86612278, 86612297), and Apr. 21, pp. 10–11 (Newspapers.com 86612601, 86612625). [view source]ordinance-1910-715
  8. George T. Fleming. "Colonial history recalled by street names: Doughty, Dinwiddie, McKean and Miffline are some of the interesting historical figures." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Jan. 10, 1915, sec. 3, p. 6. Newspapers.com 85750887. [view source]fleming-colonial
  9. "Ordinance accepting a new street names in the City of Pittsburgh as per recommendation by the City of Pittsburgh Addressing Committee (CPAC). The following streets were approved by CPAC in June 2015: LOGAN STREET and FULLERTON STREET, between Centre Avenue and Bedford Avenue, in the 3rd Ward. The names listed in this ordinance shall be made official in accordance with the Pittsburgh Code, Title Four, Public Places and Property, Chapter 420 Uniform Street Naming and Addressing." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 2015, no. 34. Passed Sept. 15, 2015; approved Sept. 25, 2015. https://pittsburgh.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2448432&GUID=C00CCF90-DE7E-45B8-A366-5FD4DD37E966. [view source]ordinance-2015-34