|Origin of name||Theodolite, a surveyor's instrument for measuring angles|
Frances Lester Warner, in a 1923 essay called "The Pittsburgh Owl," included Theodolite Way in a list of streets named for Pittsburgh's "scientific paraphernalia," and Bob Regan copied this list in his book. A theodolite is a precision optical instrument used to measure angles, commonly used by surveyors.
- Real Estate Plat-Book of the City of Pittsburgh, vol. 1, plate 37. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1904. view source] hopkins-1904-vol-1 ; included in the 1903–1906 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( ). [
- "An ordinance changing the name 'Alley' on every thoroughfare in the City of Pittsburgh, to 'Way.'" Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1914, no. 402. Passed Nov. 10, 1914; approved Nov. 16, 1914. Ordinance Book 26, p. 360. Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Nov. 23, 1914, p. 11 (Newspapers.com 86505785), and Nov. 24, p. 12 (Newspapers.com 86505809). [view source] ordinance-1914-402
- Frances Lester Warner. Groups and Couples, p. 228. Houghton Mifflin, Boston and New York, 1923. Google Books lub2z89YnoYC; Internet Archive groupscouples00warn. The essay "The Pittsburgh Owl" is available at and . [view source] groups-and-couples
- Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 61. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source] regan