Negley Run Boulevard

From Pittsburgh Streets
Negley Run Boulevard
Neighborhoods East Liberty, Highland Park, Larimer
Origin of name Negley Run
Butler Street (until 1914)
Origin of name Richard Butler
Burpee Street (1914–1951)

Negley Run Boulevard is named for its location in Negley Run, which in turn was named for the Negley family, who once owned most of what is now East Liberty and for whom Negley Avenue is named.

"Negley's Run" is mentioned in an 1850 article in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.[1] It is labeled on maps of Allegheny County from 1850 and 1851,[2][3] and it appears in an 1858 poem by W. H. Denny:[4]

The path or trail, 'til lately, you might see
In the old woods—not wide—deep worn and dirty,
On Pine Creek, bearing west to "Kush-kush-kee,"
The war and hunting beat of Simon Girty.

And often Girty came down "Girty's Run,"
With his bold lion glance and panther tread;
Hand on his knife, and cocked his rifle gun—
For well he knew a price was on his head.

He swam the river, or if low, he forded,
Where "Wood-cock Ripple" is the crossing still;
Passed the two graves of boys his party murdered,
And went up "Negley's Run" to "Squirrel Hill."

Bob Regan says that Negley Run Boulevard is named for James S. Negley (1826–1901), a Union general in the Civil War and U. S. Representative from Pennsylvania.[5] It is unlikely that Negley Run was named for this Negley in particular. James was the grandson of Alexander Negley, who came to Western Pennsylvania in 1777. He purchased almost 800 acres in the area of modern East Liberty, including the valley now called Negley Run; after his death, he was buried in the valley.[6]

The road along the run is old; it appears in the 1850 and 1851 maps.[2][3] The 1872 Hopkins atlas labels it simply "Township Road."[7] The 1882 edition shows it as the end of Butler Street, coming all the way up from Lawrenceville;[8]:21 this atlas also uses the name Negley Run Road for what is today the part of Washington Boulevard north of Negley Run Boulevard.[8]:20 The part of Butler Street from Washington Boulevard to Collins Avenue (today Collins Street) was renamed Burpee Street in 1914.[9] It became Negley Run Boulevard when it was widened in 1951.[10]

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  1. "Horse lost." Brooklyn Daily Eagle, June 29, 1850, [p. 2]. 50249866. [view source]horse-lost
  2. 2.0 2.1 E. H. Heastings. Map of the County of Allegheny, Pennsylvania. 1850. Historic Pittsburgh DARMAP0090. [view source]heastings
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sidney & Neff and S. McRea. Map of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, with the Names of Property-Holders. Philadelphia, 1851. LCCN 2012592150. [view source]sidney-neff
  4. W. H. Denny. Suc-co-tash: Written on the occasion of the centennial celebration of the evacuation of Fort Duquesne, pp. 10–11. W. S. Haven, Pittsburgh, 1858. Google Books y8MsAAAAYAAJ; HathiTrust 008969108, 011213057; Historic Pittsburgh 00agf4445m; Internet Archive succotashwritten00denn, succotashwritten01denn. [view source]denny
  5. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 72. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan
  6. Young. "A German pioneer: Alexander Negley's pilgrimage to the East Liberty Valley: Buying land at 75c an acre: Institution of the first German church by early settlers: A split in the old congregation." Pittsburg Dispatch, Sept. 29, 1889, p. 15. 76232600. [view source]german-pioneer
  7. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, p. 71. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872.; 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1872
  8. 8.0 8.1 Atlas of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1882.; 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1882
  9. "An ordinance changing the names of certain avenues, streets and alleys in the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1914, no. 77. Passed Mar. 10, 1914; approved Mar. 14, 1914. Ordinance Book 26, p. 13. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh for the year 1914, appendix, pp. 65–66, McClung Printing Co., Pittsburgh (HathiTrust uiug.30112108223899; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1914). [view source]ordinance-1914-77
  10. "An ordinance widening Burpee street in the Eleventh and Twelfth Wards of the City of Pittsburgh from Washington boulevard to Collins street, changing the name thereof to 'Negley Run boulevard' and providing that the costs, damages and expenses occasioned thereby be assessed against and collected from properties benefited thereby, and that the City's share thereof shall be chargeable to and payable from Bond Fund No. 176, Peoples General Public Improvements Bonds." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1951, no. 589. Passed Oct. 29, 1951; approved Nov. 8, 1951. Ordinance Book 57, p. 566. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh: For the year 1951, appendix, p. 365, City Printing Company, Pittsburgh (Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1951). [view source]ordinance-1951-589