Linoleum Way

From Pittsburgh Streets
Linoleum Way
Neighborhood Polish Hill
Locust Alley (1870–1881)
Origin of name Locust tree
Linoleum Alley (1881–1914)

This alley was laid out as Locust Alley in 1870.[1][2] The plan also included Olive Alley and Chestnut Alley,[1] which suggests that Locust Alley was named for the locust tree, perhaps the black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) or the honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos), both of which are native to western Pennsylvania.[3][4]

Locust Alley was renamed Linoleum Alley in 1881 to avoid confusion with Locust Street on the Bluff.[5] The alley has no apparent connection to linoleum; the name was probably just an arbitrary word that preserved the first letter of Locust.

The alley became Linoleum Way in 1914 when a city ordinance changed all alleys to ways.[6]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Melwood plan of the subdivision of the Brereton property: Laid out by Reineman, Dickson and others, Pittsburgh." Laid out Aug. 1870; recorded Nov. 5, 1870, Plan Book 4, pp. 66–67. Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds 3778834. [view source]melwood-plan
  2. Atlas of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny, plate 10. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1882.; 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1882
  3. Charles Fergus. Amelia Hansen, illus. Trees of Pennsylvania and the Northeast, 1st ed., pp. 184–185, 188–190. Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, Penna., 2002, ISBN 978-0-8117-2092-2. LCCN 2002021747. [view source]fergus
  4. Stan Tekiela. Trees of Pennsylvania Field Guide, 2nd ed., pp. 252–253, 258–259. Adventure Publications, Cambridge, Minn., 2021, ISBN 978-1-64755-204-6. [view source]tekiela
  5. "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 (Internet Archive pghmunicipalrecord1880). [view source]ordinance-1881-33
  6. "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