Stranahan Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Stranahan Street
Neighborhoods Homewood North, Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar
Spencer Street (until 1906)
Origin of name Joseph Spencer
Sprague Street (1906–1925)
Origin of name Probably Peter or William P. Sprague

Stranahan Street was originally part of Spencer Street, which also included the portion of modern Apple Street east of Lincoln Avenue.[1][2] This street was named for Joseph Spencer, who lived about the middle of the street (near the modern intersection of Apple and Stranahan Streets).[3][1][2]

The eastern part of Spencer Street was renamed Sprague Street in 1906.[4] It was probably named for Peter or William P. Sprague, who had lived on Lincoln Avenue northwest of this street in the last half of the nineteenth century.[5][6][3][1][2]

Sprague Street was renamed Stranahan Street in 1925.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Atlas of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny, plate 20. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1882.; 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1882
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Atlas of the City of Pittsburgh, vol. 3, plates 19, 20. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1890.; included in the 1890 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1890-vol-3
  3. 3.0 3.1 Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, p. 65. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872.; 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1872
  4. "An ordinance changing and establishing the names of avenues, streets and alleys in the Forty-first ward of the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1906, no. 209. Passed Sept. 10, 1906; approved Sept. 13, 1906. Ordinance Book 18, p. 27. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the [Select and Common Councils] of the City of Pittsburgh for the year 1906–1907, appendix, p. 84, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1907 (Google Books 2rxEAQAAMAAJ; HathiTrust chi.096599013; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1906). [view source]ordinance-1906-209
  5. Sidney & Neff and S. McRea. Map of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, with the Names of Property-Holders. Philadelphia, 1851. LCCN 2012592150. [view source]sidney-neff
  6. S. N. & F. W. Beers. Map of Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Smith, Gallup & Hewitt, Philadelphia, 1862. LCCN 2012592151; 1862 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]beers
  7. "An ordinance changing the names of certain avenues, streets and ways in the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1925, no. 175. Passed Apr. 20, 1925; approved Apr. 22, 1925. Ordinance Book 36, p. 299. Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Apr. 27, 1925, p. 15 ( 88691643), and Apr. 28, [p. 21] ( 88691689). [view source]ordinance-1925-175