King Avenue

From Pittsburgh Streets
King Avenue
Neighborhood Highland Park
Origin of name Alexander King

King Avenue is so named because it was built through the property of Alexander King to Baywood, his estate.[1]

Bob Regan includes "King" in his "Streets of Pittsburgh" crossword puzzle, clued as "A male sovereign; ruler of a kingdom."[2] Unfortunately this is just a dictionary definition of the word king and gives no information about the origin of the name.

See also

  • Kenney Way in Polish Hill and the Strip District, originally named King Alley


  1. Real Estate Plat-Book of the City of Pittsburgh, vol. 2, plates 27, 36. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1904.; included in the 1903–1906 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1904-vol-2
  2. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, pp. 183–186. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan