Noblestown Road

From Pittsburgh Streets
Noblestown Road
Neighborhoods Crafton Heights, East Carnegie, Elliott, Oakwood, West End, Westwood
Origin of name Noblestown, Pennsylvania

Noblestown Road is so named because it leads to the community of Noblestown on Robinson Run, which was once an important destination.[1]

Noblestown is believed to be the oldest town in that part of Allegheny County.[2][3] It was founded by Colonel Henry Noble at an uncertain date.[2][3] Noble probably arrived there before 1773,[2] and he was selling lots in "Noblesburgh" in September 1796.[3]

Noblestown, and this road, appear on maps of Allegheny County from the 1850s and 1860s.[4][5][6] R. E. McGowin's 1852 map of Pittsburgh shows the eastern end of the Noblestown Plank Road leading to the community of Temperanceville (today the neighborhood of West End).[7]

See also


  1. Patricia Lowry. "Quiet endurance: Noblestown church's history is that of the common man." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dec. 18, 2003, pp. B-1, B-2. 90291807, 90291826. [view source]lowry-noblestown
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Kay Ryall. "'King of Keelboatmen' hauled flour from early mill at Noblestown: Escapades of doughty Mike Fink part of town history: Old Mingo Indian trail was scene of frontier tragedies." Pittsburgh Press, Jan. 14, 1934, society section, p. 11. 142932811. [view source]ryall-noblestown
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 William A. White. "Noblestown." Pittsburgh Press, Feb. 15, 1955, p. 21. 148905958. [view source]white-noblestown
  4. E. H. Heastings. Map of the County of Allegheny, Pennsylvania. 1850. Historic Pittsburgh DARMAP0090. [view source]heastings
  5. Sidney & Neff and S. McRea. Map of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, with the Names of Property-Holders. Philadelphia, 1851. LCCN 2012592150. [view source]sidney-neff
  6. S. N. & F. W. Beers. Map of Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Smith, Gallup & Hewitt, Philadelphia, 1862. LCCN 2012592151; 1862 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]beers
  7. R. E. McGowin. Map of the Cities of Pittsburgh and Allegheny and of the Boroughs of South-Pittsburgh, Birmingham, East-Birmingham, Lawrenceville, Duquesne & Manchester etc. Schuchman & Haunlein, Pittsburgh, 1852. [view source]mcgowin-1852