Reuben Street

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Reuben Street
Neighborhood Brighton Heights
Alma Street (until 1910)

The southernmost bend of this street appears as Alma Street in the 1890 Hopkins atlas.[1] The rest of the street was laid out as Reuben Street by 1902.[2] In 1910, three years after Allegheny had been annexed by the City of Pittsburgh, over 900 streets were renamed to fix duplicates, and Alma Street became part of Reuben Street.[3]

Bob Regan includes "Reuben" in a list of streets named for noted historical people, but unfortunately he gives no further details.[4] It is not clear who Regan had in mind—there are no obvious candidates.


  1. Real Estate Plat-Book of the City of Allegheny, vol. 1, plate 17. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1890.; included in the 1890 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1890-allegheny-vol-1
  2. Real Estate Plat-Book of the City of Allegheny, vol. 2, plates 13, 18. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1902.; included in the 1903–1906 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1902-allegheny-vol-2
  3. "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
  4. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 63. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan