Napoleon Street

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Napoleon Street
Neighborhood Beechview
Origin of name Napoleon Bonaparte
Second Avenue (1903–1908)
Origin of name Sequential numbering from west side of West Liberty Plan No. 2
Norway Avenue (1908–1909)

This street was laid out as Second Avenue in 1903.[1][2] It was renamed Norway Avenue by a Beechview borough ordinance in 1908.[3][4] The next year, after Beechview was annexed by the city of Pittsburgh, a Pittsburgh ordinance changed Norway Avenue to Napoleon Street.[5]

Bob Regan includes "Napoleon" in a list of streets named for noted historical people;[6] the implied eponym seems to be Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821), French military commander and emperor.

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  1. "West Liberty plan of lots № 2: Located in Union T'w'p and West Liberty Borough, Allegheny Co. Pa. as laid out by the Beechwood Improvement Co. L'td, Pittsburg, Pa." Laid out 1903; recorded June 30, 1903, Plan Book 20, pp. 116–117. Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds 6096846. [view source]west-liberty-plan-2
  2. Real Estate Plat-Book of the Southern Vicinity of Pittsburgh, plate 15. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1905.; included in the 1903–1906 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1905
  3. "An ordinance providing for the re-naming and fixing the names of the streets and avenues in the Borough of Beechview." Beechview borough ordinance, 1908, no. 34. Passed Apr. 28, 1908; approved May 1, 1908. In Ordinance Book, Beechview Boro, vol. 1, p. 129, 1905–1908 ( [view source]ordinance-1908-34
  4. Atlas of Greater Pittsburgh, plate 29. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1910.; 1910 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1910
  5. "An ordinance changing and establishing the names of certain avenues, streets, lanes and alleys in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth wards of the City of Pittsburgh (formerly known as the Boroughs of West Liberty and Beechview)." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1909, no. 375. Passed Oct. 14, 1909; approved Oct. 20, 1909. Ordinance Book 20, p. 614. 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. 146–150, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1910 (Google Books doQzAQAAMAAJ; HathiTrust uiug.30112108223832; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1909). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Nov. 11, 1909, p. 8 ( 86421216), and Nov. 12, p. 11 ( 86421491). [view source]ordinance-1909-375
  6. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 63. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan