|Origin of name||Thomas T. Newhams, later corrupted by association with the state of New Hampshire|
This street was officially opened and named Newhamshire Drive (with no P) in 1937; it was named for Thomas T. Newhams, one of the developers who laid out the surrounding plan of lots. Naturally, with a name so similar to that of the state of New Hampshire, it was frequently called "New Hampshire Drive" from the beginning. Current street signs read Newhampshire Drive, with a P but no space.
Bob Regan includes "New Hampshire" in a list of streets named for states.
- "An ordinance approving the Plan of 'Homehurst' in the 27th Ward of the City of Pittsburgh, laid out by Evans and Newhams, accepting the dedication of Newhamshire Drive, as shown thereon, for public use for highway purposes, opening and naming the same, and establishing the grade thereon." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1937, no. 158. Passed May 3, 1937; approved May 10, 1937. Ordinance Book 48, p. 113. Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 13, 1937, p. 28 (Newspapers.com 89657547), and May 14, p. 13 (Newspapers.com 89657599); and in the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, May 14, 1937, p. 48 (Newspapers.com 523306824). [view source] ordinance-1937-158
- Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 73. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source] regan
- "An ordinance changing the name of Gifford Street, from Stayton Street to a point 367.73 feet westwardly therefrom, to NEWHAMSHIRE DRIVE, making the same a part of Newhamshire Drive and establishing the grade thereof." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1937, no. 351. Passed Aug. 27, 1937; approved Sept. 4, 1937. Ordinance Book 48, p. 287. Reported in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 6, 1937, p. 26 (Newspapers.com 90274921), and Sept. 7, p. 23 (Newspapers.com 90274946). [view source] ordinance-1937-351