Galveston Avenue

From Pittsburgh Streets
Galveston Avenue
Neighborhoods Allegheny West, Central Northside
Origin of name Galveston, Texas
Grant Avenue (until 1910)
Origin of name Ulysses S. Grant

Galveston Avenue was originally called Grant Avenue, named for Ulysses S. Grant (1822–1885), Union general during the American Civil War and eighteenth President of the United States.[1][2]

In 1910, after the annexation of Allegheny into the city of Pittsburgh, over 900 streets were renamed to fix duplication. Grant Avenue was renamed Galveston Avenue, after Galveston, Texas, because of the naming conflict with Grant Street downtown; the new name is unrelated to the old except that they both begin with G.[1][2][3]

George T. Fleming, writing in 1914, was not fond of the new name. He complained: "Grant street, Pittsburgh, and Grant avenue in Allegheny were patent duplicates, the distinction street and avenue entirely lost on the stupid, hence the change Grant avenue to Galveston, a seaport in Texas, very close history indeed, to say naught of geography."[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 George T. Fleming. "Names recall Civil War heroes: Soldiers of national and local fame well commemorated in Pittsburgh: Battles also live." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, May 30, 1915, sec. 5, p. 2. 85758872. [view source]fleming-civil-war
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 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. [view source]fleming-history-told
  3. "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 ( 86611990, 86612022), Apr. 20, pp. 10–11 ( 86612278, 86612297), and Apr. 21, pp. 10–11 ( 86612601, 86612625). [view source]ordinance-1910-715