Sherman Avenue

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Sherman Avenue
Neighborhood Central Northside
Origin of name William Tecumseh Sherman

Sherman Avenue is named for William Tecumseh Sherman (1820–1891), Union general in the American Civil War.[1][2][3][4][5]

It was originally named Webster Street.[6] Webster Street extended further south than today's Sherman Avenue, continuing on the other side of the North Common (today Allegheny Commons Park) along the southern part of modern Arch Street and beyond, extending to the South Common (today's South Commons).[7]

The part of Webster Street between Stockton Avenue and the North Common was renamed Sherman Avenue by an Allegheny city ordinance in 1869 in response to a petition by the residents on the street. The Councils overruled the objections of the Street Committee, who had said that the "changing of names of well established streets without a very good reason" was "clearly against all sense of propriety and use."[8][9][10][11]

The rest of Webster Street, north of North Avenue, became part of Sherman Avenue in 1894.[12]

The southern part of Sherman Avenue became part of Arch Street in 1967 when the "Allegheny Center Loop" was opened (consisting of North Commons, West Commons, South Commons, and East Commons).[6]

Sherrod Street in Lawrenceville was formerly called Sherman Street but was renamed.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 George T. Fleming. "Names recall Civil War heroes: Soldiers of national and local fame well commemorated in Pittsburgh: Battles also live." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, May 30, 1915, sec. 5, p. 2. 85758872. [view source]fleming-civil-war
  2. Gilbert Love. "What's in a name? A lot!: Titles of city streets recall persons famed in U. S. history: From Golden Triangle eastward, thoroughfares list great and near great of colonial and revolutionary days." Pittsburgh Press, Feb. 12, 1944, p. 9. 147946752. [view source]love-titles
  3. Margaret Carlin. "How our streets got their names." Pittsburgh Press, Feb. 6, 1966, Pittsburgh's Family Magazine, p. 10. 149098376. [view source]carlin
  4. Joe Browne. "Streets are index of local history." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 28, 1983, p. 37. 89790718. [view source]browne-streets
  5. Torsten Ove. "Site names here are out of sight: From Swamp Poodle Road to Grant Street, locales in the region bear names that are little understood or largely forgotten." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 8, 1998, pp. A-1, A-6. 94754709, 94754864. [view source]ove
  6. 6.0 6.1 William M. Rimmel. Out of the Past. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 22, 1967, [p. 21]. 88351802. [view source]rimmel-commons
  7. 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
  8. "Allegheny City Councils: Regular meeting—petitions, remonstrances and communications—reports of committees—controller's report, &c." Pittsburgh Gazette, Mar. 12, 1869, p. 8. 86344592. [view source]allegheny-councils-1869-03-12
  9. "Allegheny Councils: Regular semi-monthly meeting." Pittsburgh Gazette, Apr. 23, 1869, p. 8. 86348095. [view source]allegheny-councils-1869-04-23
  10. "Allegheny Councils: Regular semi-monthly meeting—reports of committees—Controller's report." Pittsburgh Gazette, May 14, 1869, p. 8. 86349689. [view source]allegheny-councils-1869-05-14
  11. "Allegheny Councils: Special meeting—report of a Special Committee on improvements." Pittsburgh Gazette, May 21, 1869, p. 8. 86350174. [view source]allegheny-councils-1869-05-21
  12. "Adding to the park: Allegheny common council authorizes the purchase of land." Pittsburg Press, July 13, 1894, [p. 3]. 141536883. [view source]adding-to-the-park