Longfellow Way

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Longfellow Way
Neighborhood Perry North
Origin of name Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

This alley appears as Longfellow Alley in the 1902 Hopkins atlas.[1] It became Longfellow Way in 1914 when a city ordinance changed all alleys to ways.[2]

Bob Regan includes "Longfellow" in a list of streets named for noted historical people;[3] the implied eponym seems to be Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882), American poet.


  1. Real Estate Plat-Book of the City of Allegheny, vol. 2, plates 16, 22. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1902. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1902-volume-2-plat-book-allegheny; included in the 1903–1906 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1902-allegheny-vol-2
  2. "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 (Newspapers.com 86505785), and Nov. 24, p. 12 (Newspapers.com 86505809). [view source]ordinance-1914-402
  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