Saturn Way

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Saturn Way
Neighborhood Central Northside
Shields Alley (until 1896)
Origin of name Samuel Shields
Saturn Alley (1896–1914)

This alley appears in R. E. McGowin's 1852 map, where it is labeled Shield's Alley[1] (later written as Shields Alley).[2][3] This name probably referred to Samuel Shields, who owned the parcel of land bounded by this alley, Carroll Street (today Armandale Street), Coffee Street (today Garfield Avenue), and Jackson Street (today Jacksonia Street).[4]

It was renamed Saturn Alley by an Allegheny city ordinance in 1896.[3] It became Saturn Way in 1914, when a Pittsburgh city ordinance changed all alleys to ways.[5]

Bob Regan includes "Saturn" in a list of astronomy-related street names,[6]:68 and also includes it in his "Streets of Pittsburgh" crossword puzzle, clued as "Giant planet that is surrounded by three planar concentric rings of ice particles; the sixth planet from the sun."[6]:185


  1. 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
  2. Real Estate Plat-Book of the City of Allegheny, vol. 1, plate 4. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1890.; included in the 1890 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1890-allegheny-vol-1
  3. 3.0 3.1 "An ordinance changing and establishing the names of avenues, streets, lanes and alleys in the city of Allegheny." Allegheny city ordinance, 1896, no. 166. Passed Mar. 19, 1896; approved Mar. 23, 1896. Reprinted in the Pittsburg Press, Mar. 31, 1896, p. 9 ( 141573537), and Apr. 1, [p. 6] ( 141573556). [view source]ordinance-1896-166
  4. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, pp. 76–77. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872.; 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1872
  5. "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
  6. 6.0 6.1 Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan