South 30th Street

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South 30th Street
Neighborhood South Side Slopes
Origin of name Sequential numbering up the Monongahela River
First Street (1866 – ca. 1871)
30th Street (ca. 1871 – 1881)
Origin of name Sequential numbering up the Monongahela River

This street was originally named First Street when it was laid out by Thomas McClurg in 1866.[1][2]

It was renamed 30th Street by 1871 when the borough of Ormsby was laid out,[3][4][5] following the sequence established in the borough of Birmingham in 1869[6] and in East Birmingham about the same time.[7] The "South" prefix was added by a Pittsburgh city ordinance in 1881;[8] see South First Street for more details.

The segment of South 30th Street that crossed the railroad tracks was closed in 1950, significantly isolating the small community of South Side Hollow. It was reopened in 1998 as Steve Seventy Way (today Steve Seventy Street).[9]

See also


  1. "Plan of building lots situate in Lower St. Clair Township Allegheny County Pa.: Surveyed for Mr. Thomas McClurg." Laid out Mar. 1, 1866; recorded Mar. 20, 1866, Plan Book 3, p. 93. Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds 3778536. [view source]mcclurg-plan
  2. "First addition to Thomas McClurg's plan of lots in Lower St. Clair Township, Allegheny County Pa." Laid out Nov. 1867; recorded Jan. 10, 1868, Plan Book 3, p. 209. Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds 3778647. [view source]mcclurg-first-addition-plan
  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. 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
  5. "Street nomenclature: The changes proposed by the committee." Pittsburgh Commercial, Dec. 30, 1873, [p. 4]. 85549642. [view source]street-nomenclature
  6. "Birmingham Council." Daily Post (Pittsburgh), Mar. 3, 1869, [p. 1]. 86522458. [view source]birmingham-council
  7. H. Boone. Directory of Pittsburgh & Allegheny Cities, the Adjacent Boroughs, and Parts of the Adjacent Townships, for 1871–72. Geo. H. Thurston, Pittsburgh, 1871, p. 41. Historic Pittsburgh 31735033431283. [view source]boone-1871
  8. "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
  9. Jan Ackerman. "Hollow promised quick access: South Side neighborhood has had no direct route to nearby Carson Street since 1950." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Mar. 23, 1998, p. A-11. 94368579. [view source]hollow-promised