Glass Run Road

From Pittsburgh Streets
Glass Run Road
Neighborhood Hays
Origin of name Glass Run, named for Johnston Glass

Glass Run Road is named for Glass Run, the stream alongside which the road runs. The stream is labeled "French or Glass Run" in the 1862 map of S. N. and F. W. Beers[1] and in the 1876 Hopkins atlas.[2] The name Glass Run refers to Johnston Glass, who owned land near the mouth of the run.[3][4][1][5][6] (The 1886 and 1896 Hopkins atlases mistakenly call him John Glass.)[7][8]

Many streams in the Pittsburgh region are called "runs." This sense of the word has a long history in English. The early European settlers of western Pennsylvania used the word for a creek or stream, and this became the established term.[9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 S. N. & F. W. Beers. Map of Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Smith, Gallup & Hewitt, Philadelphia, 1862. LCCN 2012592151; 1862 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]beers
  2. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, p. 44. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1876.; included in the 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1876
  3. Henry M. Watts and Chas. S. Bradford. "Public sale of real estate." Daily Pittsburgh Gazette, Sept. 30, 1833, [p. 3]. 96011025. [view source]public-sale-of-real-estate
  4. Sidney & Neff and S. McRea. Map of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, with the Names of Property-Holders. Philadelphia, 1851. LCCN 2012592150. [view source]sidney-neff
  5. Real Estate Plat-Book of the Southern Vicinity of Pittsburgh, plate 6. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1905.; included in the 1903–1906 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1905
  6. John W. Jordan, ed. A Century and a Half of Pittsburg and Her People: Genealogical memoirs of the leading families of Pittsburg and vicinity, vol. 3, p. 35. Lewis Publishing Company, 1908. HathiTrust 008651569; Historic Pittsburgh 03awn7797m; Internet Archive centuryandhalfof03bouc. [view source]pittsburg-and-her-people-3
  7. Atlas of the Vicinity of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny, Pennsylvania, plate 18. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1886.; included in the 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1886
  8. Real Estate Plat-Book of the Southern Vicinity of Pittsburgh, Penna., plate 1. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1896.; included in the 1890 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1896
  9. Katie Blackley. "Why are there so many 'run roads' in the Pittsburgh region?" 90.5 WESA, June 21, 2019. [view source]blackley-why