Main Street

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For other streets that have had this name, see Main Street (disambiguation).
Main Street
Neighborhoods Bloomfield, Central Lawrenceville
Origin of name Main street of Bloomfield

Main Street appears in the 1852 map of R. E. McGowin[1] and the 1862 map of S. N. and F. W. Beers.[2] It appears in the original plan of Bloomfield, laid out in October 1850 and December 1855, as recorded in 1869.[3]

Originally Main Street ran past Pearl Street[1] all the way to modern Centre Avenue.[2] It formed the boundary between Pitt and Collins Townships.[2]

This suggests that Main Street was so named because it was the main street of Bloomfield. Liberty Avenue was extended eastward in the late 1860s and took over the majority of Main Street in Bloomfield.


  1. 1.0 1.1 R. E. McGowin. Map of the Cities of Pittsburgh and Allegheny and of the Boroughs of South-Pittsburgh, Birmingham, East-Birmingham, Lawrenceville, Duquesne & Manchester etc. Schuchman & Haunlein, Pittsburgh, 1852. [view source]mcgowin-1852
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 S. N. & F. W. Beers. Map of Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Smith, Gallup & Hewitt, Philadelphia, 1862. LCCN 2012592151; 1862 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]beers
  3. "Plan of Bloomfield laid off for William Woolslayer." Laid out Oct. 1850 and Dec. 1855; recorded July 14, 1869, Plan Book 3, p. 298. Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds 3778745. [view source]bloomfield-woolslayer-plan