Highland Avenue

From Pittsburgh Streets
Not to be confused with Highland Drive.
Highland Avenue
Neighborhoods East Liberty, Highland Park, Shadyside
Origin of name James Hiland

Highland Avenue is named for James Hiland, the land surveyor of Allegheny County, who surveyed the Negley estate (see Negley Avenue) and divided it into eight equal shares for the heirs. Highland Avenue went through the main part of the property. The name was originally Hiland Road, then Hiland Avenue. The spelling Highland was apparently used by the Street Railways Company when it painted new routes on its cars. This spelling was made official by a city ordinance in 1890.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Highland Avenue was officially divided into two streets, North Highland Avenue and South Highland Avenue, on either side of Penn Avenue, by a city ordinance in 1915.[7]


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  4. "An ordinance changing the name of Hiland avenue to 'Highland avenue.'" Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1890, no. 228. Passed Jan. 27, 1890; approved Feb. 3, 1890. Ordinance Book 7, p. 255. Reprinted in the Pittsburg Dispatch, Feb. 15, 1890, p. 10 (Newspapers.com 76218074), and Feb. 18, p. 8 (Newspapers.com 78188564). [view source]ordinance-1890-228
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  7. "An ordinance changing the names of certain avenues, streets and ways in the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1915, no. 117. Passed Apr. 28, 1915; approved Apr. 29, 1915. Ordinance Book 26, p. 615. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh for the year 1915, appendix, pp. 99–103, Arlington Printing Co., Pittsburgh, 1915 (Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1915). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, May 7, 1915, sporting section, p. 4 (Newspapers.com 88028157), May 8, p. 15 (Newspapers.com 88028802), and May 10, p. 11 (Newspapers.com 88030672). [view source]ordinance-1915-117