Notes:Aiken Avenue

From Pittsburgh Streets

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  • Aiken family: Source:Pittsburg-and-her-people-3, pp. 416–420; Source:Miller-chronicles, pp. 109–111.
  • "Thomas built a home at the southwest corner of Ellsworth and Aiken Avenues, while David's home was located at modern Amberson Place." Source:pna-shadyside (p. 2) says David's home was "surveyed by a man named Amberson." Who was this?
  • Source:Miller-chronicles, p. 110: "About the same time [1854] the Pennsylvania Railroad Company built its tracks in the deep ravine running through the property, and the lane leading to the railroad became known as Aiken Lane, now Aiken Avenue."
  • Source:Miller-chronicles, pp. 110–111: "Mrs. Aiken was a great lover of trees, and planted many of the beautiful shade trees on the new streets, as well as on their own grounds, and when a name was needed for the suburban railway station at the foot of Aiken Lane she named it 'Shadyside'."
    • Source:Frey, p. 145: "Mrs. Aiken loved trees, and when the new suburban railway station needed a name, she named it 'Shadyside.'"

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Aiken Avenue north of Centre Avenue was originally named Rebecca Street.

Probably named for Rebecca Roup Baum? See Baum Boulevard, Source:Ayers-baum.