Montour Way

From Pittsburgh Streets
Not to be confused with Mentor Way.
Montour Way
Neighborhood Central Business District
Origin of name Andrew Montour
Miltenberger's Alley (until 1881)
Origin of name George Miltenberger
Montour Alley (1881–1914)
Origin of name Andrew Montour

Montour Way is named for Captain Andrew Montour (ca. 1720 – 1772).[1][2][3] Montour, sometimes called Henry instead of Andrew,[1] was of Oneida, Algonquin, and French ancestry,[1] and acted as scout, guide, and interpreter for George Washington on his first journeys into Western Pennsylvania.[1][3]

Montour Way was originally called Miltenberger's Alley, listed in street directories as early as 1819.[4][5][6][7][8][9] This name referred to George Miltenberger, who owned lots nearby.[10] His name was also given to Miltenberger Street on the Bluff, where his summer house stood.[10]

The name Montour Alley was established by a city ordinance in 1881.[9] It became Montour Way in 1914 when an ordinance changed all alleys to ways.[11]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 George T. Fleming. "Montour's name in history of city: Little thoroughfare recalls stirring times in early days in vicinity: Life is interesting." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, July 4, 1915, sec. 5, p. 2. 85628429. [view source]fleming-montour-2
  2. Julia Morgan Harding. "Names of Pittsburgh streets: Their historical significance." Pittsburgh Bulletin, Feb. 15, 1893. Reprinted in Fort Duquesne and Fort Pitt: Early names of Pittsburgh streets, 13th ed., pp. 52–60, Fort Pitt Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, 1958 (HathiTrust 007074456). [view source]harding
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Street names sketch history of city: Tribute to many pioneers dimmed by time." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 26, 1936, anniversary section IV, p. 16. 88921069. [view source]street-names
  4. James M. Riddle and M. M. Murray. The Pittsburgh Directory for 1819: Containing the names, professons [sic], and residence of all the heads of families, and persons in business, in the city of Pittsburgh, and its suburbs; and a variety of other useful information. Butler & Lambdin, Pittsburgh, 1819, p. 28. Internet Archive pittsburghdirect00murr. [view source]riddle-murray
  5. S. Jones. Pittsburgh in the Year Eighteen Hundred and Twenty-Six: Containing sketches topographical, historical and statistical; together with a directory of the city, and a view of its various manufactures, population, improvements, &c. Johnston & Stockton, Pittsburgh, 1826, p. 100. PGH_ALLEGH1826_CDM; Historic Pittsburgh 31735056290285; Internet Archive Pgh1826. [view source]jones
  6. Isaac Harris. Harris' Pittsburgh Business Directory, for the Year 1837: Including the names of all the merchants, manufacturers, mechanics, professional [sic], & men of business of Pittsburgh and its vicinity. Isaac Harris, Pittsburgh, 1837, p. 24. PGH1837_BDM; Historic Pittsburgh 00afv6656m, 31735056287505. [view source]harris
  7. The Cities of Pittsburgh and Allegheny, with Parts of Adjacent Boroughs, Pennsylvania. 1855. Historic Pittsburgh DARMAP0089;; 1855 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( In George W. Colton, Colton's Atlas of the World: Illustrating physical and political geography, J. H. Colton & Co., New York, 1856 ( [view source]colton
  8. George H. Thurston. Directory for 1856–'57, of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Cities, Birmingham, East Birmingham, South & West Pittsburgh, Temperanceville, Manchester, Duquesne and Lawrenceville Boroughs, East Liberty, and Parts of Pitt and Collins Townships. George H. Thurston, Pittsburgh, 1856, p. xxvi. Google Books HwYuAAAAYAAJ; HathiTrust 011562263; Historic Pittsburgh 31735038289074. [view source]thurston-1856
  9. 9.0 9.1 "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
  10. 10.0 10.1 Annie Clark Miller. Chronicles of Families, Houses and Estates of Pittsburgh and Its Environs, p. 31. Pittsburgh, 1927. Google Books ulkLyD9MkygC; Internet Archive chroniclesoffami00mill. [view source]miller-chronicles
  11. "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