Lafayette Avenue

From Pittsburgh Streets
See also Kelvin Street, which was formerly named Lafayette Avenue.
Lafayette Avenue
Neighborhoods Fineview, Perry South
Origin of name Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette
Linden Avenue (until 1896)

This street was originally named Linden Avenue.[1] It was renamed Lafayette Avenue in 1896.[2] The name honors Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette (1757–1834),[3] commonly known simply as Lafayette, a French military officer who commanded American forces in the Revolutionary War and later returned to France and played a key part in the French Revolution.

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  1. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, p. 92. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872.; 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1872
  2. "An ordinance changing and establishing the names of avenues, streets, lanes and alleys in the city of Allegheny." Allegheny city ordinance, 1896, no. 166. Passed Mar. 19, 1896; approved Mar. 23, 1896. Reprinted in the Pittsburg Press, Mar. 31, 1896, p. 9 ( 141573537), and Apr. 1, [p. 6] ( 141573556). [view source]ordinance-1896-166
  3. 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