South 28th Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
South 28th Street
Neighborhood South Side Flats
Origin of name Sequential numbering up the Monongahela River
Ihmsen Street (1854 – ca. 1871)
Origin of name Christian Ihmsen
28th Street (ca. 1871 – 1881)
Origin of name Sequential numbering up the Monongahela River

South 28th Street was originally named Ihmsen Street[1][2] for Christian Ihmsen, who laid out the street and a surrounding plan of lots in 1854.[1]

The street was renamed 28th Street by 1871 when the borough of Ormsby was laid out,[3][2][4] following the sequence established in the boroughs of Birmingham and East Birmingham in 1869.[5][6] The "South" prefix was added by a Pittsburgh city ordinance in 1881;[7] see South First Street for more details.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Plan of lots laid out for C. Ihmsen in Lower St. Clair Township Allegheny County Sept 7th 1854." Laid out Sept. 7, 1854; recorded Apr. 24, 1860, Plan Book 2, p. 151. Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds 3778420. [view source]ihmsen-s-28th-st-plan
  2. 2.0 2.1 Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, p. 114. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872.; 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1872
  3. "Ormsby Borough." Laid out Mar. 1871; recorded Apr. 13, 1872, Plan Book 4, pp. 204–205. Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds 3778970. [view source]ormsby-borough-plan
  4. "Street nomenclature: The changes proposed by the committee." Pittsburgh Commercial, Dec. 30, 1873, [p. 4]. 85549642. [view source]street-nomenclature
  5. "Birmingham Council." Daily Post (Pittsburgh), Mar. 3, 1869, [p. 1]. 86522458. [view source]birmingham-council
  6. "An ordinance for changing the name of certain streets of the Borough of East Birmingham." East Birmingham borough ordinance, 1869. Approved Mar. 13, 1869. In Ordinance book of the Borough of East Birmingham, 1849–1872 ( [view source]ordinance-1869-east-birmingham
  7. "An ordinance establishing the names of avenues, streets, lanes and alleys of the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1881, no. 33. Passed Feb. 28, 1881; approved Mar. 4, 1881. Ordinance Book 5, p. 212. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Select and Common Councils of the City of Pittsburgh, for the year 1880, pp. 213–234 (Internet Archive pghmunicipalrecord1880). [view source]ordinance-1881-33