Grimes Avenue

From Pittsburgh Streets
Grimes Avenue
Neighborhood Knoxville
Origin of name James F. Grimes

Grimes Avenue is named for James Fribley[a] Grimes (1846[b]–1916), the president[c] of the Knoxville Land Improvement Company, which laid out the streets and lots of the borough of Knoxville in 1872. Knoxville is named after Jeremiah Knox, a preacher and fruit farmer on whose land the borough was built. Grimes had been his secretary before his death.[6][1][2][5][7][3][4]


  1. One source says Findley,[1] but another says Fribley,[2] and obituary notices agree with the latter.
  2. He was 69 at his death on January 8, 1916.
  3. According to most sources.[2][3][4] Another source says general manager and treasurer,[5] while another says "He was in general charge of the company."[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "James F. Grimes dies: Developed Knoxville: He devoted 50 years to building up South Hills borough." Pittsburgh Sunday Post, Jan. 9, 1916, p. 8. 87480921. [view source]grimes-dies
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "J. F. Grimes dies suddenly in his office: Cerebral hemorrhage fatal to man who was instrumental in developing South Hills: Was veteran of Civil War." Gazette Times (Pittsburgh), Jan. 9, 1916, p. 1. 85762403. [view source]grimes-dies-suddenly
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Community to observe 'Know Knoxville Week.'" Pittsburgh Press, Apr. 15, 1934, p. 12. 142935429. [view source]know-knoxville
  4. 4.0 4.1 Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 69. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan
  5. 5.0 5.1 "J. F. Grimes, Knoxville, drops dead." Pittsburg Press, Jan. 9, 1916, p. 1. 143658863. [view source]grimes-drops-dead
  6. Jean M. Goldstrom, ed. Knoxville Borough; a History: The story of a Pittsburgh community, 3rd ed., p. 15. Whortleberry Press, Pittsburgh, 2009. [view source]goldstrom
  7. History of Pittsburgh and Environs, vol. 3, pp. 770–771. American Historical Society, New York and Chicago, 1922. Google Books k_kMAAAAYAAJ, QMtaAAAAYAAJ; HathiTrust 011262563; Internet Archive historyofpittsbu03flem. [view source]history-pgh-environs-3