Newhampshire Drive

From Pittsburgh Streets
Newhampshire Drive
Neighborhood Marshall-Shadeland
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.[1] 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.[2]

The easternmost end of Newhampshire Drive was originally part of Gifford Street.[3]


  1. "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 ( 89657547), and May 14, p. 13 ( 89657599); and in the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, May 14, 1937, p. 48 ( 523306824). [view source]ordinance-1937-158
  2. 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
  3. "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 ( 90274921), and Sept. 7, p. 23 ( 90274946). [view source]ordinance-1937-351