Reedsdale Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Reedsdale Street
Neighborhoods Allegheny West, Chateau, North Shore
Rebecca Street (until 1910)
Origin of name Daughter of General William Robinson, Jr.

This street appears as Rebecca Street in the 1830 map of Jean Barbeau and Lewis Keyon.[1] Gilbert Love, citing notes written by James S. West in 1885, says that Rebecca Street was named after one of the daughters of General William Robinson, Jr., an early citizen of Allegheny and the eponym of General Robinson Street.[2] By 1852 Rebecca Street had been extended westward all the way to Water Lane (today Western Avenue) near its intersection with Ferry Lane (today Beaver Avenue).[3]

In 1910, three years after the annexation of Allegheny by the city of Pittsburgh, over 900 streets were renamed to fix duplicates, and Rebecca Street became Reedsdale Street.[4]


  1. Jean Barbeau and Lewis Keyon. Map of Pittsburgh and Its Environs. N. B. Molineux, Pittsburgh, 1830. Historic Pittsburgh DARMAP0576; [view source]barbeau
  2. Gilbert Love. "How names came." Pittsburgh Press, Aug. 11, 1952, p. 11. 141584890. [view source]love
  3. 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
  4. "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; HathiTrust uiug.30112108223832; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1909). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Apr. 19, 1910, pp. 10–11 ( 86611990, 86612022), Apr. 20, pp. 10–11 ( 86612278, 86612297), and Apr. 21, pp. 10–11 ( 86612601, 86612625). [view source]ordinance-1910-715