Pilot Way

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Pilot Way
Neighborhood Terrace Village
Fate Vacated in 1939
Pleasant Way (until 1881)
Pilot Alley (1881–1914)

This alley formerly ran south from Allequippa Street in the area near the modern intersection of Burrows Street and Benson Place. It appears as Pleasant Way in the 1872 Hopkins atlas.[1] This name conflicted with Pleasant Alley in Lawrenceville (today Pleasant Way), so an 1881 city ordinance changed its name to Pilot Alley (this ordinance said that its former name was Pleasant Alley).[2] It became Pilot Way in 1914 when another ordinance changed all alleys to ways.[3] It was vacated in 1939, along with the surrounding streets and alleys.[4]


  1. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, p. 47. 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. "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
  3. "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 (Newspapers.com 86505785), and Nov. 24, p. 12 (Newspapers.com 86505809). [view source]ordinance-1914-402
  4. "An ordinance vacating Pilot way, Pueblo street, Malta way and Alva way, all extending from Mohawk street to Allequippa street; Omar street, from Pueblo street to Miami street, and Sunbury way, from Alva street to Miami street, all as laid out in the E. P. Jones Plan." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1939, no. 616. Passed Oct. 30, 1939; approved Nov. 2, 1939. Ordinance Book 50, p. 333. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh: For the year 1939, appendix, pp. 422–423, City Printing Co., Pittsburgh (Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1939). [view source]ordinance-1939-616