Pioneer Avenue

From Pittsburgh Streets
Pioneer Avenue
Neighborhood Brookline
Coal Hill and Upper St. Clair Turnpike
Lang Avenue (ca. 1905)
Origin of name Adam Lang, Sr.

This road was established in 1797 as a state road from Pittsburgh to Washington, Pennsylvania.[1] It appears in maps of Allegheny County from 1851 and 1862.[2][3] It was known as "the upper road from Boggs Mill" and the Coal Hill and Upper St. Clair Turnpike.[1]

It is labeled Lang Avenue in the 1905 Hopkins atlas.[4] This name probably came from Adam Lang, Sr., who owned land near the northern end of the road;[5] by 1905 it had been divided among Adam, Kathrine, and William Lang.[4]

The name Pioneer Avenue was in use by 1907.[6][7] It was officially established by a Pittsburgh city ordinance in 1909.[8]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 South Pittsburgh Development Corporation. Brookline, p. 9. Images of America. Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, S. C., 2005, ISBN 978-0-7385-3724-5. LCCN 2004113373. [view source]spdc
  2. Sidney & Neff and S. McRea. Map of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, with the Names of Property-Holders. Philadelphia, 1851. LCCN 2012592150. [view source]sidney-neff
  3. S. N. & F. W. Beers. Map of Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Smith, Gallup & Hewitt, Philadelphia, 1862. LCCN 2012592151; 1862 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]beers
  4. 4.0 4.1 Real Estate Plat-Book of the Southern Vicinity of Pittsburgh, plates 11, 12, 16. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1905.; included in the 1903–1906 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1905
  5. Real Estate Plat-Book of the Southern Vicinity of Pittsburgh, Penna., plate 9. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1896.; included in the 1890 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1896
  6. "Benefit lawn fete." Pittsburg Press, Aug. 18, 1907, p. 10. 142133602. [view source]benefit-lawn-fete
  7. "Good week in realty despite hot weather: Lot plans will be active this fall, several being shaped up for market: Suburbs now refreshing: Building conditions are improving—week-end sales reported by brokers." Pittsburgh Post, Aug. 18, 1907, editorial and news section, p. 3. 86628835. [view source]good-week-in-realty
  8. "An ordinance changing and establishing the names of certain avenues, streets, lanes and alleys in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth wards of the City of Pittsburgh (formerly known as the Boroughs of West Liberty and Beechview)." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1909, no. 375. Passed Oct. 14, 1909; approved Oct. 20, 1909. Ordinance Book 20, p. 614. 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. 146–150, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1910 (Google Books doQzAQAAMAAJ; HathiTrust uiug.30112108223832; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1909). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Nov. 11, 1909, p. 8 ( 86421216), and Nov. 12, p. 11 ( 86421491). [view source]ordinance-1909-375