Kilmer Street

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Kilmer Street
Neighborhood East Hills
Origin of name Probably Joyce Kilmer

Kilmer Street was laid out by Augustus P. Black in December 1919 and dedicated and opened in June 1920.[1] Black was a Catholic priest who served as the pastor of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Church on Frankstown Avenue for more than 44 years.[2][3]

Bob Regan includes "Kilmer" in a list of streets named for noted historical people, but unfortunately he gives no further details.[4] It is likely that the street is named for Joyce Kilmer (1886–1918), American writer and poet, who was also Catholic.


  1. "An ordinance approving the 'Marian Place Plan' in the Thirteenth Ward of the City of Pittsburgh, laid out by Augustus P. Black, accepting the dedication of Bricelyn Street, Kilmer Street and Foch Way, as shown thereon, for public use for highway purposes, opening an [sic] naming the same and establishing the grades thereon." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1920, no. 271. Passed June 3, 1920; approved June 7, 1920. Ordinance Book 31, p. 512. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh for the year 1920, appendix, p. 242, Eureka Printing Company, Pittsburgh (Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1920). [view source]ordinance-1920-271
  2. "Priest marks golden jubilee." Pittsburgh Press, June 30, 1951, p. 5. 142999708. [view source]priest-marks-golden-jubilee
  3. "Veteran priest resigns post." Pittsburgh Press, Apr. 23, 1954, p. 5. 150063850. [view source]veteran-priest
  4. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 63. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan