Revere Way

From Pittsburgh Streets
Revere Way
Neighborhood Polish Hill
Origin of name Paul Revere
Roberts Alley (until 1901)
Origin of name Robert Dickson
Revere Alley (1901–1914)
Origin of name Paul Revere

Revere Way was originally called Roberts Alley,[1] possibly for Robert Dickson, who in the 1870s owned a house here, between those of his brothers Joseph C. Dickson and Thomas C. Dickson.[2] Its name was changed to Revere Alley by a city ordinance in 1901,[3] perhaps to avoid confusion with Roberts Street. It became Revere Way in 1914 when another city ordinance renamed all alleys in the city to ways.[4]

Bob Regan includes "Revere" in a list of streets named for noted historical people, and in his "Streets of Pittsburgh" crossword puzzle he clues "Revere" as "American silversmith remembered for his midnight ride."[5] This refers, of course, to Paul Revere (1735–1818).


  1. Atlas of the City of Pittsburgh, vol. 2. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1889.; included in the 1890 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1889-vol-2
  2. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872.; 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1872
  3. "An ordinance changing the name of certain avenues, streets and alleys in the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1901, no. 109. Passed June 24, 1901; approved June 28, 1901. Ordinance Book 14, p. 30. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the [Select and Common Councils] of the City of Pittsburgh, for the year 1901–1902, appendix, pp. 46–47, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1902 (Google Books vMJEAQAAMAAJ; HathiTrust chi.096598960; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecordselect1901). Reprinted in the Pittsburg Post, July 8, 1901, p. 9 ( 86389546), and July 9, p. 9 ( 86389638); and in the Pittsburg Press, July 11, 1901, p. 9 ( 141376761), July 12, p. 11 ( 141353714), and July 13, p. 4 ( 141353981). [view source]ordinance-1901-109
  4. "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 ( 86505785), and Nov. 24, p. 12 ( 86505809). [view source]ordinance-1914-402
  5. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, pp. 63, 183–186. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan