Goehring Street

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Goehring Street
Neighborhoods East Allegheny, Spring Hill-City View
Origin of name Charles L. Goehring
Bluff Street (until 1910)

Goehring Street is named for Charles L. Goehring (1818–1900),[1] who owned the land through which the street now passes.[2][3][4] The street is labeled on maps as early as 1890.[4] Goehring was a confectionery wholesaler with his brother Jacob and was later in the oil, iron, and natural gas businesses. He served two terms in the Pennsylvania legislature in the early 1860s.[1]

The part of Goehring Street east of Vista Street was originally named Bluff Street.[4][5][6] In 1910, three years after Allegheny was annexed to the city of Pittsburgh, over 900 streets were renamed to fix duplicates. The name Bluff Street conflicted with Bluff Street in the old part of the city, so it was renamed Goehring Street to match the western part.[7]

A 1909 article in the Pittsburg Post, listing the proposed street name changes, supposed that Goehring Street was being named for Harry L. Goehring (1864–1908), former Allegheny County district attorney, who had died in office the year before.[8][9] Harry was the nephew of Charles.[10] But the western part of the street had been named Goehring some 20 years earlier, and it is clear that it was named for the owner of the land through which it ran.

Bob Regan says that the name Goehring reflects the German heritage of the neighborhood.[11]:60 He also includes "Goehring" in a list of streets named for noted historical people, but with no further details.[11]:63 It is unclear who Regan intended to mean—there are no obvious candidates. The name is similar to that of Hermann Göring (1893–1946), Nazi leader and war criminal, but obviously, for many reasons, this is not the origin of the street name.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Necrological Record. Pittsburg Post, Oct. 5, 1900, [p. 4]. Newspapers.com 86428761. [view source]c-l-goehring-obit
  2. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, pp. 92–93. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1872-atlas-pittsburgh-allegheny; 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1872
  3. Atlas of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny, plate 32. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1882. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1882-atlas-pittsburgh-allegheny; 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1882
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Real Estate Plat-Book of the City of Allegheny, vol. 2, plate 7. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1890. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1890-volume-2-plat-book-allegheny; included in the 1890 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1890-allegheny-vol-2
  5. Real Estate Plat-Book of the City of Allegheny, vol. 1, plate 25. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1907. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1907-volume-1-plat-book-allegheny; included in the 1903–1906 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1907-allegheny-vol-1
  6. Atlas of Greater Pittsburgh, plate 37. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1910. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1910-atlas-greater-pittsburgh; 1910 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1910
  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. "Citizens will be strangers: Hard to locate homes after city streets are renamed." Pittsburgh Post, July 28, 1909, pp. 1–2. Newspapers.com 86422549, 86422563. [view source]citizens-will-be-strangers
  9. "Harry L. Goehring succumbs to illness: Life of district attorney comes to an end at West Penn hospital after long suffering." Pittsburgh Post, Dec. 11, 1908, pp. 1, 4. Newspapers.com 86472708, 86472714. [view source]goehring-obit
  10. The Death Roll. Pittsburgh Commercial Gazette, Mar. 12, 1894, p. 4. Newspapers.com 85587610. [view source]jacob-goehring-obit
  11. 11.0 11.1 Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan