Mexico Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Mexico Street
Neighborhood Brighton Heights
Origin of name Country of Mexico
Michigan Avenue (until 1910)
Origin of name State of Michigan

This street appears as Michigan Avenue in the 1902 Hopkins atlas.[1] Other nearby streets, on either side of California Avenue, were named Florida Avenue (today Fairlee Street), Kansas Alley (today Kalorama Way), Kansas Street (later Alaska Street), Massachusetts Avenue, and Wyoming Street (later Wortman Street),[1] so it seems clear that Michigan Avenue was named for the state (as opposed to the lake, for example).

In 1910, three years after the annexation of Allegheny into the city of Pittsburgh, over 900 streets were renamed to fix duplicates, and Michigan Avenue became Mexico Street to avoid confusion with Michigan Street in Beltzhoover.[2] Bob Regan includes "Mexico" in a list of streets named for countries.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Real Estate Plat-Book of the City of Allegheny, vol. 2, plates 12, 17. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1902.; included in the 1903–1906 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1902-allegheny-vol-2
  2. "An ordinance changing the names of certain avenues, streets, lanes and alleys in the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1910, no. 715. Passed Mar. 31, 1910; approved Apr. 5, 1910. Ordinance Book 21, p. 342. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the [Select and Common Councils] of the City of Pittsburgh for the years 1909–1910, appendix, pp. 312–328, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1910 (Google Books doQzAQAAMAAJ; HathiTrust uiug.30112108223832; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1909). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Apr. 19, 1910, pp. 10–11 ( 86611990, 86612022), Apr. 20, pp. 10–11 ( 86612278, 86612297), and Apr. 21, pp. 10–11 ( 86612601, 86612625). [view source]ordinance-1910-715
  3. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 64. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan