Quarry Street (Strip District)

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Quarry Street
Neighborhood Strip District
Fate Vacated in the 1860s for the Pennsylvania Railroad

Quarry Street formerly ran parallel to Liberty Street (today Liberty Avenue), between Liberty and the Hill, starting at Elm Street and running past Adams Street (today 15th Street). It appears, unlabeled, in the 1815 map of William Darby;[1] it is labeled in the 1830 map of Jean Barbeau and Lewis Keyon.[2]

A city ordinance enacted in 1861 vacated several streets, including Quarry Street, and gave the surrounding land to the Pennsylvania Railroad so that the railroad could move its tracks from Liberty Street.[3] The ordinance required the railroad to acquire the property on both sides of each street before the street would be vacated,[3] a process that took at least a year.[4] The rails had been removed from Liberty Street by 1867,[5][6] and the 1882 Hopkins atlas shows the former site of Quarry Street completely covered by tracks.[7]

See also


  1. Wm. Darby. Plan of Pittsburg and Adjacent Country. R. Patterson and W. Darby, Philadelphia, 1815. Historic Pittsburgh DARMAP0197, DARMAP0198. Reproduced in John W. Reps, The Making of Urban America: A history of city planning in the United States, p. 207, Princeton University Press, Princeton, N. J., 1965 (LCCN 63023414); and in Bruce J. Buvinger, The Origin, Development and Persistence of Street Patterns in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, p. 24. Also reproduced as "Plan von Pittsburg und Umgebungen" in Bernhard, Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (Heinrich Luden, ed.), Reise Sr. Hoheit des Herzogs Bernhard zu Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach durch Nord-Amerika in den Jahren 1825 und 1826, vol. II, following p. 200, Wilhelm Hoffmann, Weimar, 1828 (Internet Archive reisesrhoheitdes00bern, reisesrhoheitdes00inbern). [view source]darby
  2. Jean Barbeau and Lewis Keyon. Map of Pittsburgh and Its Environs. N. B. Molineux, Pittsburgh, 1830. Historic Pittsburgh DARMAP0576; https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/36c3ab00-57aa-0136-8f4f-08990f217bc9. [view source]barbeau
  3. 3.0 3.1 "An ordinance to enable the Pennsylvania Railroad Company to remove its tracks from a portion of Liberty street in the city of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1861. Enacted Dec. 12, 1861; recorded Jan. 11, 1862. Ordinance Book 2, p. 188. In J. F. Slagle, A Digest of the Acts of Assembly and a Code of the Ordinances of the City of Pittsburgh: With an appendix containing ordinances and references to acts and ordinances remaining in force, pp. 369–371, Errett, Anderson & Co., Pittsburgh, 1869 (https://pittsburgharchives.access.preservica.com/uncategorized/IO_1a6d43b0-3daf-49c1-a208-3406734f43a6/); W. W. Thomson, A Digest of the Acts of Assembly Relating to, and the General Ordinances of the City of Pittsburgh from 1804 to Sept. 1, 1886: With references to decisions thereon, pp. 560–561, Edwin K. Meyers, Harrisburg, 1887 (Google Books Rs5CAAAAYAAJ; HathiTrust 008700979); and W. W. Thomson, A Digest of the Acts of Assembly Relating to, and the General Ordinances of the City of Pittsburgh from 1804 to Jan. 1, 1897: With references to decisions thereon, 2nd ed., pp. 651–653, W. T. Nicholson Sons, Pittsburgh, 1897 (Google Books Jdk-AAAAYAAJ; Historic Pittsburgh 00awn7805m). [view source]ordinance-1861-prr-liberty
  4. "Removal of the railroad from Liberty street." Pittsburgh Post, Dec. 12, 1862, [p. 3]. Newspapers.com 87565238. [view source]removal-of-railroad
  5. Woods' New Map of Pittsburgh, Allegheny and Surroundings: 1867. A. Hani, Pittsburgh, 1867. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/a9c4def0-d462-0135-7cac-417576d76635. [view source]woods-1867
  6. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, pp. 32–33. 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
  7. Atlas of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny, plate 13. 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