Peoria Way

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Peoria Way
Neighborhood Lower Lawrenceville
Origin of name Perhaps Peoria, Illinois
Union Alley (until 1881)
Peoria Alley (1881–1914)
Origin of name Perhaps Peoria, Illinois

This alley appears, unlabeled, in the 1852 map of R. E. McGowin.[1] It is labeled Union Alley in the 1872 Hopkins atlas.[2] Its name was changed to Peoria Alley in 1881 to avoid confusion with Union Street downtown (today Graeme Street).[3] It became Peoria Way in 1914 when an ordinance changed all alleys in the city to ways.[4]

Bob Regan includes "Peoria" in a list of streets named for cities;[5] if so, it is probably named for Peoria, Illinois. That city is named for the Peoria people, a Native American tribe.

See also


  1. 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
  2. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, p. 52. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872.; 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1872
  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 (Internet Archive pghmunicipalrecord1880). [view source]ordinance-1881-33
  4. "An ordinance changing the name 'Alley' on every thoroughfare in the City of Pittsburgh, to 'Way.'" Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1914, no. 402. Passed Nov. 10, 1914; approved Nov. 16, 1914. Ordinance Book 26, p. 360. Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Nov. 23, 1914, p. 11 ( 86505785), and Nov. 24, p. 12 ( 86505809). [view source]ordinance-1914-402
  5. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 65. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan