Notes:Brownsville Road

From Pittsburgh Streets

Relevant? Source:Know-knoxville: "The story begins with Jeremiah Knox, a native of Brownsville, Pa., sent out by the American Bible Association of Baltimore to carry the gospel. Through Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Eastern Ohio the young preacher carried his message."

Source:Weslager: "If you hail a cab in downtown Pittsburgh and ask the driver to take you to Beltzhoover or Allentown, he won't remind you that your destination should properly be referred to as the Eighteenth Ward. He will whisk you across the Smithfield Street Bridge, left on West Carson Street, and up cobbled Brownsville Avenue, one of the city's oldest and steepest streets, now called new Arlington Avenue. At the top of the hill you will intersect Warrington Avenue, the main street of the two former boroughs. ¶ . . . ¶ Brownsville Road was the main route to Brownsville, or Redstone Fort, as it was known during the French and Indian Wars. Motorists today speeding along modern Brownsville Road from Brentwood through Carrick, Knoxville and Mt. Oliver scarcely realize they are following an old highway that intersected a second highway in Allentown commanding the southern gateway to Pittsburgh. When I was a boy, the old Buck Tavern was still operating on Brownsville Road in Carrick Borough, and we were told that Lafayette once stopped here. I well remember the sign painted with the head of a buck deer, and the watering trough at the curb for horses. In my boyhood, motormen would jump off the trolley cars to get drinking water at the trough. I also remember being told that there had been a series of toll gates along this road, and John Grabowski, proprietor of Mt. Oliver Pharmacy where I worked as a boy, once showed me pictures of one of those gates at the entrance to Mt. Oliver Borough."

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Source:Toker-new, p. 187: "Yet another of the old country roads that branch off Arlington is Brownsville Road, the old Birmingham & Brownsville Macadamized Turnpike, which led to the important Monongahela port of Brownsville. Some of the tollgates on this road lasted as late as 1900; today, the road mainly serves as a shortcut to the Carrick and Brentwood neighborhoods."