Mifflin Road

From Pittsburgh Streets
Mifflin Road
Neighborhoods Hays, Lincoln Place, New Homestead
Origin of name Thomas Mifflin
Pittsburgh and McKeesport Boulevard (until 1930)
Origin of name Connects Pittsburgh and McKeesport

Mifflin Road takes its name from Mifflin Township, which at one time included all of the surrounding land. Mifflin Township was one of the original seven townships into which Allegheny County was divided when it was created in 1788 (the others were Elizabeth, Moon, Pitt, Plum, Saint Clair, and Versailles). The name honors Thomas Mifflin (1744–1800), a Pennsylvania politician who served as the President of the Continental Congress from 1783 to 1784, the last President of Pennsylvania from 1788 to 1790, and the first Governor of Pennsylvania from 1790 to 1799, among other offices; he also signed the United States Constitution at the Constitutional Convention in 1787. Over the years, Mifflin Township was gradually reduced in size by the creation of other townships and boroughs, including Hays, Lincoln Place, and New Homestead, which were annexed into the City of Pittsburgh in 1929. In 1944, the remaining part of Mifflin Township became the borough of West Mifflin.[1][2][3][4]

Mifflin Road was part of Pittsburgh and McKeesport Boulevard until 1930, when a city ordinance changed the portion within city limits to Mifflin Road.[5]


  1. Jan Ackerman. "Town names carry a bit of history." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 10, 1984, PG South, pp. 1, 6. Newspapers.com 90021754, 90021778. [view source]ackerman-south
  2. George T. Fleming. "Our early governors and their times: The beginning of parties—a study of election returns—before the Jeffersonian era—when third terms were allowable—Pennsylvania's German governors—representatives from western end of state: Pittsburgh favored twice: First governors after formation of state—Mifflin, McKean and Snyder—faithful, honest executives the rule—when national politics dominated state—'citizen' Brackenridge of Pittsburgh—the Tertium Quids and the Jacobins." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Sept. 9, 1923, sec. 5, [p. 2]. Newspapers.com 85491245. [view source]fleming-governors
  3. Jim Hartman and Homestead and Mifflin Township Historical Society. Homestead and Mifflin Township, pp. 7–8. Postcard History Series. Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, S. C., 2005, ISBN 0-7385-3935-X. [view source]hartman
  4. A. A. Lambing and J. W. F. White. Allegheny County: Its early history and subsequent development, p. 67. Snowden & Peterson, Pittsburgh, 1888. Google Books 6bY-AAAAYAAJ; HathiTrust 008957728, 100693049; Historic Pittsburgh 00aee8946m; Internet Archive centennialhistor00lamb; LCCN 18008828. [view source]lambing
  5. "An ordinance changing the names of certain avenues, streets, roads, alleys and ways in the 31st Ward of the City of Pittsburgh (formerly a portion of Mifflin Township)." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1930, no. 100. Passed Mar. 24, 1930; approved Mar. 31, 1930. Ordinance Book 42, p. 388. Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Apr. 7, 1930, p. 27 (Newspapers.com 88824970), and Apr. 8, p. 31 (Newspapers.com 88825039). [view source]ordinance-1930-100