Newcomer Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Newcomer Street
Neighborhood Sheraden
Brooks Street (1869–1880)
Origin of name Perhaps Mary Brooks
Ninth Street (1880–1908)
Origin of name Numbering of streets in the borough of Sheraden

This street was originally Brooks Street, laid out in 1869 for N. P. Sawyer as part of the borough of Ashchenaz.[1] This was the "B" street in an alphabetical sequence of street names in Sawyer's plan that went from A to P (see Tybee Street).

Brooks Street may have been named for Sawyer's aunt, Mary Brooks, who suggested that he name the town Ashchenaz.[2] See Adon Street for more about the name Ashchenaz.

In 1880 Ashchenaz was re-subdivided by Andrew Patterson and renamed Sheridan (later spelled Sheraden). In this new plan, the former Brooks Street became Ninth Street.[3][4] See Faust Street for more about Sheraden's formerly numbered streets.

The borough of Sheraden was annexed to the city of Pittsburgh in 1907.[5][6] Its numbered streets conflicted with the numbered streets downtown and in the Strip District, so they were renamed the next year; Ninth Street became Newcomer Street.[7]

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  1. "Boro of Ashchenaz plan of lots situate in Chartiers Tow'p laid out for N. P. Sawyer." Laid out June 1869; recorded Sept. 21, 1880, Plan Book 6, pp. 223–225. Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds 3779448. [view source]ashchenaz-plan
  2. "The grave of the Indian chief Aschenaz: Last resting place of one of the forbears of Queen Alliquippa: Name can be traced back to Noah." Pittsburg Press, Mar. 22, 1900, p. 10. 141368098. Reprinted as "A Pittsburg Indian mentioned in the Bible: Chief Aschenaz, one of the forbears of Queen Alliquippa, is buried at Sheraden—name traced back to the time of Noah," Pittsburg Press, Apr. 1, 1900, p. 8 ( 141372843). [view source]grave-of-aschenaz
  3. "Sheridan: Plan of lots situated in Chartiers Twp. Allegheny County Pa." Laid out Apr. 1880; recorded May 12, 1880, Plan Book 6, pp. 212–214. Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds 3779433. [view source]sheridan-plan
  4. Atlas of the Vicinity of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny, Pennsylvania, plate 26. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1886.; included in the 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1886
  5. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 11. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan
  6. Mark A. Connelly. "Sheraden Borough–Pittsburgh City 1907 Merger." Local Geohistory Project. [view source]lgeo-sheraden-annexation
  7. "An ordinance changing and establishing the names of avenues, streets and alleys in the Forty-third ward (formerly the Borough of Sheraden) of the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1908, no. 393. Passed July 9, 1908; approved July 13, 1908. Ordinance Book 19, p. 496. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Select Council of the City of Pittsburgh for the years 1907–'08–'09, appendix, pp. 210–214, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1909 (Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecordselect1907) and Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Common Council of the City of Pittsburgh for the years 1907–'08–'09, appendix, pp. 210–214, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1909 (Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecordcommon1907). [view source]ordinance-1908-393