Saratoga Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Saratoga Street
Neighborhood Sheraden
Origin of name Probably the Battles of Saratoga

Saratoga Street formerly led diagonally from Brunot Avenue at its intersection with Daykin Street down the hillside to Strickler Street, when Strickler ran farther around the hill than it does today.[1] It was originally named Speer Street.[2] Speer Street was renamed Saratoga Street in 1906.[3]

Bob Regan includes "Saratoga" in a list of streets named for cities, but he gives no further details.[4] He probably had in mind the town of Saratoga, New York, the site of the Battles of Saratoga in 1777 during the American Revolutionary War. It seems likely that the street is named for the battles, which gave the Americans a decisive victory, rather than the town itself.


  1. Plat-Book of the City of Pittsburgh, vol. 7, plate 16. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1917, revised 1928.; included in the 1923 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1917-vol-7
  2. Real Estate Plat-Book of the Southern Vicinity of Pittsburgh, Penna., plate 15. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1896.; included in the 1890 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1896
  3. "An ordinance changing and establishing the names of avenues, streets and alleys in the Fortieth ward of the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1906, no. 208. Passed Sept. 10, 1906; approved Sept. 13, 1906. Ordinance Book 18, p. 25. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the [Select and Common Councils] of the City of Pittsburgh for the year 1906–1907, appendix, pp. 83–84, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1907 (Google Books 2rxEAQAAMAAJ; HathiTrust chi.096599013; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1906). [view source]ordinance-1906-208
  4. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 65. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan