Saline Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Saline Street
Neighborhoods Greenfield, Squirrel Hill South
Origin of name Salt deposits at the mouth of Nine Mile Run

Saline Street gets its name from the salt deposits at the mouth of Nine Mile Run.[1][2]:55–56 A saltworks was built there in the nineteenth century. Steam engines powered by local coal pumped brine from wells hundreds of feet deep; the brine was then boiled in iron pans to produce salt.[2]:55–56

Saline Street followed the path of an old trail that led up Nine Mile Run from the Monongahela, over the crest of Squirrel Hill, and down Four Mile Run back to the riverbank.[2]:31 The construction of the Parkway East in the late 1940s and early 1950s split Saline Street into two parts.[2]:183 The eastern part, which heads southward from Monitor Street in Squirrel Hill, was the road that led down to the saltworks in Nine Mile Run. The western part, in Four Mile Run, is today almost totally cut off from the rest of the Pittsburgh street network.

Frances Lester Warner, in a 1923 essay called "The Pittsburgh Owl," included Saline Street in a list of streets named for Pittsburgh's "scientific paraphernalia,"[3] and Bob Regan copied this list in his book.[4] It is unclear what "scientific paraphernalia" Warner had in mind; perhaps she was referring obliquely to the saltworks.


  1. Anita Kulina. Millhunks and Renegades: A portrait of a Pittsburgh neighborhood, p. 11. Brandt Street Press, Pittsburgh, 2003, ISBN 9780974260730. LCCN 2003107522. [view source]kulina
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Squirrel Hill Historical Society. Helen Wilson, ed. Squirrel Hill: A neighborhood history. History Press, Charleston, S. C., 2017, ISBN 978-1-4671-3625-9. LCCN 2016961484. [view source]wilson-helen
  3. Frances Lester Warner. Groups and Couples, p. 228. Houghton Mifflin, Boston and New York, 1923. Google Books lub2z89YnoYC; Internet Archive groupscouples00warn. The essay "The Pittsburgh Owl" is available at and [view source]groups-and-couples
  4. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 61. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan