Oakland Avenue

From Pittsburgh Streets
Oakland Avenue
Neighborhood Central Oakland
Origin of name Neighborhood of Oakland
Charlotte Street (until 1872)
Origin of name Wife of Alvin Wilkins

Oakland Avenue was originally named Charlotte Street.[1][2] It runs through the center of a plan of lots laid out by Alvin Wilkins,[3][4] who named the street for his wife.[5]

Charlotte Street was renamed Oakland Avenue by a city ordinance in 1872.[6] It is named, of course, for the neighborhood of Oakland.

Some sources say that Oakland was named for or by William Eichbaum, an early settler, whose surname is German for "oak tree" and who had many oak trees on his farm.[7][8][9][10] Other sources, however, dispute this, saying that the name Oakland was already in use before Eichbaum arrived in the area.[11][10] Bob Regan says that the name is more likely to have come from the tree-covered farm of an earlier settler, Benjamin Fahnestock.[10]

See also


  1. S. N. & F. W. Beers. Map of Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Smith, Gallup & Hewitt, Philadelphia, 1862. LCCN 2012592151; 1862 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]beers
  2. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1872-atlas-pittsburgh-allegheny; 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1872
  3. Atlas of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1882. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1882-atlas-pittsburgh-allegheny; 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1882
  4. Atlas of Greater Pittsburgh. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1910. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1910-atlas-greater-pittsburgh; 1910 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1910
  5. Barb Ziegenmeyer. "Presbyterian Church Christenings of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania: 3rd Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, Christenings." Genealogy Trails, 2010. http://genealogytrails.com/penn/allegheny/christenings2.html. [view source]3rd-presby-christenings
  6. "An ordinance changing the name of Charlotte street, in 14th ward, to Oakland avenue." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1872, no. 65. Passed July 8, 1872. Ordinance Book 3, p. 222. In The Municipal Record: Containing the proceedings of the Select and Common Councils of the City of Pittsburgh, together with the ordinances, &c.: With an index, vol. IV, following p. 71, Pittsburgh Daily Gazette, Pittsburgh, 1872 (Internet Archive pghmunicipalrecord1872). [view source]ordinance-1872-65
  7. Annie Clark Miller. Early Land Marks and Names of Old Pittsburgh: An address delivered before the Pittsburgh Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution at Carnegie Institute, Nov. 30, 1923, pp. 48–49. Pittsburgh Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, 1924. Historic Pittsburgh 00awn8211m; Internet Archive earlylandmarksna00mill. [view source]miller
  8. Albert W. Bloom. "Pittsburgh today made up of many villages: City a composite of 25 to 30 municipalities whose separate identities meant much years ago." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jan. 14, 1953, Daily Magazine, [p. 1]. Newspapers.com 89450362. [view source]bloom-villages
  9. Laura C. Frey. The Land in the Fork: Pittsburgh 1753–1914, p. 71. Dorrance & Co., Philadelphia, 1955. LCCN 55-10986. [view source]frey
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, pp. 44, 46. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan
  11. Walter C. Kidney, Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Oakland, p. 11. Images of America. Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, S. C., 2005, ISBN 978-0-7385-3867-9. LCCN 2005926081. [view source]kidney