Murtland Street

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Murtland Street
Neighborhoods Homewood North, Homewood South, Homewood West, Point Breeze, Point Breeze North
Origin of name John M. Murtland

Murtland Street is named for John M. Murtland, who, with John Grazier, laid out a plan of lots here in the early 1870s (in the area approximately bounded by Murtland Street, Frankstown Avenue, Lang Avenue, and a line running diagonally from the intersection of Lang Avenue and Grazier Street—now Hamilton Avenue—to where Murtland Street crossed the Pennsylvania Railroad).[1][2][3]

Grazier and Murtland's plan named the street Murtland Avenue,[2] but the name Murtland Street was officially established by a city ordinance in 1881.[4]

Murtland Street was officially divided into two streets, North Murtland Street and South Murtland Street, on either side of Penn Avenue, by an ordinance in 1915.[5]


  1. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, p. 65. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872.; 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1872
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Grazier and Murtland's plan of property in the 21st Ward Pittsburgh." Laid out June 1874; recorded May 1, 1876, Plan Book 6, pp. 86–87. Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds 3779343. [view source]grazier-murtland-plan
  3. Atlas of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny, plate 19. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1882.; 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1882
  4. "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
  5. "An ordinance changing the names of certain avenues, streets and ways in the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1915, no. 117. Passed Apr. 28, 1915; approved Apr. 29, 1915. Ordinance Book 26, p. 615. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh for the year 1915, appendix, pp. 99–103, Arlington Printing Co., Pittsburgh, 1915 (Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1915). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, May 7, 1915, sporting section, p. 4 ( 88028157), May 8, p. 15 ( 88028802), and May 10, p. 11 ( 88030672). [view source]ordinance-1915-117