Telescope Street

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Telescope Street
Neighborhood South Side Slopes
Thomas Street (until 1881)

This street appears, unlabeled, in the 1872 Hopkins atlas.[1] It was originally named Thomas Street, but was renamed Telescope Street in 1881 to fix the duplication with Thomas Street (today Thomas Boulevard) in Point Breeze.[2] Bob Regan includes "Telescope" in a list of astronomy-related street names.[3]

When Telescope Street was finally paved in 1941 after 20 years of petitions, its residents declared a holiday and celebrated with music provided by the American Legion drum and bugle corps.[4]


  1. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, pp. 114, 116. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872.; 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1872
  2. "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
  3. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, pp. 68, 183–186. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan
  4. "After 20 years: Residents celebrate repair of street." Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, Sept. 20, 1941, p. 9. 523927180. [view source]after-20-years