South 36th Street

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South 36th Street
Neighborhood South Side Flats
Origin of name Sequential numbering up the Monongahela River
Fate Vacated in 1928
36th Street (1871–1881)
Origin of name Sequential numbering up the Monongahela River

36th Street was laid out in 1871 as part of the borough of Ormsby.[1][2] Its name followed the sequence of numbered streets established in the boroughs of Birmingham and East Birmingham in 1869.[3][4]

The "South" prefix was added by a Pittsburgh city ordinance in 1881;[5] see South First Street for more details.

South 36th Street was never much of a street. In the 1872 Hopkins atlas it is drawn several blocks long, from Larkins Alley to the Monongahela River, in accordance with the Ormsby Borough plan,[2] but this seems to have been rather aspirational. The 1882 edition more realistically shows it spanning only half a block between Sarah Street and Larkins Alley (though it is mislabeled "S. 34th St.").[6] By 1901 it was covered by the tracks of the Pittsburgh, Virginia and Charleston Railway.[7] South 36th Street was vacated in 1928 in accordance with an agreement that had been made with the railroad in 1901.[8][9]

See also


  1. "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
  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. "Birmingham Council." Daily Post (Pittsburgh), Mar. 3, 1869, [p. 1]. 86522458. [view source]birmingham-council
  4. "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
  5. "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
  6. Atlas of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny, plate 25. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1882.; 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1882
  7. Real Estate Plat-Book of the City of Pittsburgh, vol. 4, plate 8. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1901.; included in the 1903–1906 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1901-vol-4
  8. "City–railroad accord is near after 27 years: Vacation of parts of 17 South Side streets involved in 1901 agreement." Pittsburgh Press, Apr. 3, 1928, [p. 23]. 146410855. [view source]city-railroad-accord
  9. "An ordinance vacating those portions of South Thirty-fifth street and South Thirty-sixth street in the Sixteenth Ward of the City of Pittsburgh, extending from Sarah street to Larkins way." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1928, no. 372. Passed June 18, 1928; approved June 22, 1928. Ordinance Book 40, p. 188. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh: For the year 1928, appendix, p. 254, Smith Bros. Co. Inc., Pittsburgh (Google Books PwGkOIBtAccC; HathiTrust uiug.30112109819810; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1928). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 25, 1928, p. 25 ( 89855623), and June 26, p. 29 ( 89855843); and in the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, June 25, 1928, p. 27 ( 522804815), and June 26, p. 27 ( 522804717). [view source]ordinance-1928-372