Herron Avenue

From Pittsburgh Streets
Herron Avenue
Neighborhoods Bedford Dwellings, Lower Lawrenceville, Middle Hill, Polish Hill, Upper Hill
Origin of name Herron family
33rd Street (ca. 1870 – 1902)
Origin of name Sequential numbering up the Allegheny River

Herron Avenue is named for the pioneering Herron family. George T. Fleming, in a 1915 newspaper column about military origins of street names, highlights Major General Francis J. Herron as a member of this family.[1]

Herron Avenue is first listed in Boone's 1871 city directory with the description "from Centre av to Allequippa":[2] it originally ran along the southernmost portion of modern Herron Street from Centre Avenue to just south of Milwaukee Street, turning eastward along today's Wichita Way to Bryn Mawr Road, and then along Bryn Mawr Road to Andover Terrace (which was originally part of Allequippa Street).[3] The part of modern Herron Avenue north of Milwaukee Street was formerly part of 33rd Street.[4][5]

In 1902 Herron Avenue was rerouted to its modern course: the southern part of old 33rd Street was renamed Herron Avenue, and the eastern part of old Herron Avenue became Bryn Mawr Road.[6][7]

References

  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. Newspapers.com 85758872. [view source]fleming-civil-war
  2. H. Boone. Directory of Pittsburgh & Allegheny Cities, the Adjacent Boroughs, and Parts of the Adjacent Townships, for 1871–72. Geo. H. Thurston, Pittsburgh, 1871, p. 32. Historic Pittsburgh 31735033431283. [view source]boone-1871
  3. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, p. 43. 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
  4. George H. Thurston and J. F. Diffenbacher. Directory of Pittsburgh and Allegheny for 1876–7: Embracing a general directory of the residences of citizens, full classified business directory, register of public institutions, benevolent societies and city governments, directory of the streets, secret societies, schools and churches. Thurston & Diffenbacher, Pittsburgh, 1876, p. 11. Google Books 8dkCAAAAYAAJ; Historic Pittsburgh 31735038288480. [view source]thurston-diffenbacher-1876
  5. Atlas of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny, plates 7, 10. 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
  6. "An ordinance changing the name of Thirty-third street, between Ruthven street and Herron avenue, to 'Herron avenue.'" Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1902, no. 556. Passed Mar. 10, 1902; approved Mar. 11, 1902. Ordinance Book 14, p. 424. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the [Select and Common Councils] of the City of Pittsburgh, for the year 1901–1902, appendix, p. 213, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1902 (Google Books vMJEAQAAMAAJ; HathiTrust chi.096598960; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecordselect1901). [view source]ordinance-1902-556
  7. "An ordinance changing the name of Herron avenue, between the intersection of Herron avenue with Thirty-third street and Centre avenue, to 'Bryn Mawr road.'" Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1902, no. 557. Passed Mar. 10, 1902; approved Mar. 11, 1902. Ordinance Book 14, p. 425. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the [Select and Common Councils] of the City of Pittsburgh, for the year 1901–1902, appendix, p. 213, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1902 (Google Books vMJEAQAAMAAJ; HathiTrust chi.096598960; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecordselect1901). [view source]ordinance-1902-557