Jordan Way

From Pittsburgh Streets
Jordan Way
Neighborhood Garfield
Origin of name Perhaps the Jordan River

Jordan Alley is listed in an 1881 city ordinance establishing the names of all streets in the city.[1] It became Jordan Way in 1914 when another city ordinance changed all alleys to ways.[2]

Bob Regan includes "Jordan" in a list of streets named for countries.[3] However, the modern country of Jordan was not established until well into the 20th century (and was called Transjordan until 1949). In 1881, it was part of the Ottoman Empire and had been for centuries. If the name of the alley comes from the geography of that region, it probably refers to the Jordan River rather than the country.


  1. "An ordinance establishing the names of avenues, streets, lanes and alleys of the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1881, no. 33. Passed Feb. 28, 1881; approved Mar. 4, 1881. Ordinance Book 5, p. 212. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Select and Common Councils of the City of Pittsburgh, for the year 1880, pp. 213–234, Herald Printing Co., Pittsburgh, 1881 (Internet Archive pghmunicipalrecord1880). [view source]ordinance-1881-33
  2. "An ordinance changing the name 'Alley' on every thoroughfare in the City of Pittsburgh, to 'Way.'" Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1914, no. 402. Passed Nov. 10, 1914; approved Nov. 16, 1914. Ordinance Book 26, p. 360. Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Nov. 23, 1914, p. 11 ( 86505785), and Nov. 24, p. 12 ( 86505809). [view source]ordinance-1914-402
  3. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 64. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan