Paulson Avenue

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Paulson Avenue
Neighborhoods Larimer, Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar
Park Street (until 1881)
Prescott Street (1881–1883)
Park Avenue (1883–1910)

This street appears in the 1872 Hopkins atlas as Park Street.[1] It was apparently also called Park Avenue, for a church on this street was named the Park Avenue Presbyterian Church.[2]

This name conflicted with another Park Street (or Park Way) at the eastern edge of the city (today Braddock Avenue), so it was changed to Prescott Street by a city ordinance in 1881.[3]

The Park Avenue Presbyterian Church complained about their street being renamed, so another ordinance was prepared that would have swapped the names Park and Prescott.[4][2] However, the residents of the other Park Street objected to losing the name of their street, so in the end the name Prescott was discarded, this street became Park Avenue, and the other street became Park Way Avenue.[2][5]

After the annexation of Allegheny City in 1907, the name Park conflicted once again with a Park Way, this one in the old Allegheny town center. A city ordinance in 1910 renamed over 900 streets to fix duplicates, and Park Avenue became Paulson Avenue.[6]

References

  1. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, pp. 65, 71. 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
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "What's in a name?: Two East End wards fighting for a street called Park." Pittsburgh Commercial Gazette, Nov. 4, 1882, p. 2. Newspapers.com 85606561. [view source]whats-in-a-name
  3. "An ordinance establishing the names of avenues, streets, lanes and alleys of the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1881, no. 33. Passed Feb. 28, 1881; approved Mar. 4, 1881. Ordinance Book 5, p. 212. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Select and Common Councils of the City of Pittsburgh, for the year 1880, pp. 213–234, Herald Printing Co., Pittsburgh, 1881 (Internet Archive pghmunicipalrecord1880). [view source]ordinance-1881-33
  4. Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Select Council of the City of Pittsburgh, for the year 1882, p. 70. Beymer & Gazzam, Pittsburgh, 1883. Internet Archive pghmunicipalrecord1882. [view source]municipal-record-1882-select
  5. "An ordinance changing the names of Prescott street and Park street, in the Twenty-first and Twenty-second wards." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1883, no. 64. Passed Mar. 12, 1883; approved Mar. 14, 1883. Ordinance Book 4, p. 329. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Select Council of the City of Pittsburgh, for the year 1882, p. 200, Beymer & Gazzam, Pittsburgh, 1883 (Internet Archive pghmunicipalrecord1882) and Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Common Council of the City of Pittsburgh, for the year 1882, p. 169, Beymer & Gazzam, Pittsburgh, 1883 (Internet Archive pghmunicipalrecord1882). [view source]ordinance-1883-64
  6. "An ordinance changing the names of certain avenues, streets, lanes and alleys in the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1910, no. 715. Passed Mar. 31, 1910; approved Apr. 5, 1910. Ordinance Book 21, p. 342. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the [Select and Common Councils] of the City of Pittsburgh for the years 1909–1910, appendix, pp. 312–328, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1910 (Google Books doQzAQAAMAAJ; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1909). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Apr. 19, 1910, pp. 10–11 (Newspapers.com 86611990, 86612022), Apr. 20, pp. 10–11 (Newspapers.com 86612278, 86612297), and Apr. 21, pp. 10–11 (Newspapers.com 86612601, 86612625). [view source]ordinance-1910-715