Sassafras Way

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Sassafras Way
Neighborhoods Polish Hill, Strip District
Sassafras Alley (until 1914)

The grade of Sassafras Alley was established by a Pittsburgh city ordinance in 1851.[1] The alley appears, unlabeled, in maps from the 1850s through the 1870s.[2][3][4][5] It is labeled "Sassafrass Alley" in the Springfield Farm plan drawn up in 1879[6] and "Sassafras Alley" in the 1882 Hopkins atlas.[7]

The alley became Sassafras Way in 1914 when an ordinance changed all alleys in the city to ways.[8]


  1. "An ordinance establishing and fixing the grades of the streets and alleys in the Ninth Ward, and of the following in the Fifth Ward, viz: Liberty st., from Harrison st. to the Ninth Ward line; Butler st., from Pine st. to said line; Duquesne Way, from Locust st. to said line, and Locust st." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1851. Passed Nov. 24, 1851. Reprinted in the Daily Morning Post (Pittsburgh), Nov. 27, 1851, [p. 2] ( 86643481), Nov. 29, [p. 2] ( 86643492), and Dec. 1, [p. 2] ( 86643506). [view source]ordinance-1851-9th-5th-ward-grades
  2. 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
  3. The Cities of Pittsburgh and Allegheny, with Parts of Adjacent Boroughs, Pennsylvania. 1855. Historic Pittsburgh DARMAP0089;; 1855 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( In George W. Colton, Colton's Atlas of the World: Illustrating physical and political geography, J. H. Colton & Co., New York, 1856 ( [view source]colton
  4. S. N. & F. W. Beers. Map of Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Smith, Gallup & Hewitt, Philadelphia, 1862. LCCN 2012592151; 1862 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]beers
  5. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, pp. 41, 51, 54. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872.; 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1872
  6. "Plan of all that portion of the Springfield Farm north of the Penn'a. R. R. showing the property of the Denny Estate in the 12th, 15th and 16th Wards Pittsburgh." Laid out July 15, 1879; recorded Aug. 1, 1879, Plan Book 6, pp. 180–187. Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds 3779413. [view source]springfield-farm-plan
  7. Atlas of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny, plate 8. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1882.; 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1882
  8. "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