Kentucky Avenue

From Pittsburgh Streets
Kentucky Avenue
Neighborhood Shadyside
Origin of name State of Kentucky
Arabella Street (until 1896)

Kentucky Avenue is named for the state of Kentucky.[1][2]

It was originally named Arabella Street.[3] It was renamed Kentucky Avenue by a city ordinance in 1896.[4] Today Arabella Street is a different street, one in Knoxville.


  1. George T. Fleming. "History told in Pittsburgh street names: Some commemorative designations have been lost, but others are still in use to recall the story of their selection: Haphazard municipal nomenclature." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Nov. 29, 1914, sec. 5, p. 2. 85906737. [view source]fleming-history-told
  2. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 73. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan
  3. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872.; 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1872
  4. "An ordinance changing the name of Arabella street, between Aiken avenue and Festival street, to 'Kentucky avenue.'" Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1896, no. 796. Passed Feb. 28, 1896; approved Mar. 2, 1896. Ordinance Book 11, p. 3. Reprinted in the Pittsburg Press, Mar. 21, 1896, p. 7 ( 141573260). [view source]ordinance-1896-796