Tuscarora Street

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Tuscarora Street
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Origin of name Tuscarora people

Tuscarora Street is named for the Tuscarora people, a member of the Iroquois Six Nations, who once lived in North Carolina and later migrated to upper New York state.[1][2][3] Their name in English comes from the Catawba word taskarúde:, meaning "dry salt eater," which in turn comes (as a folk etymology) from the Tuscarora's own name for themselves, Skarù:ręʔ, meaning "hemp-gatherer."[4]

Tuscarora is the name of several places in central Pennsylvania, including Tuscarora Mountain, Tuscarora Creek, and Tuscarora Township in Juniata County; these are also named after the tribe.[1]

Tuscarora Street was originally planned to be a continuous street from Hastings Street to the city line at Peebles Street,[5] but only the easternmost section was ever built. Later Card Lane was built on a portion of the same line. Juniata Place is Tuscarora's sister street; it was planned to run parallel to Tuscarora Street all the way to Peebles Street, but only three segments were built (today's Juniata Place, Sleeth Place, and Brashear Street).


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  2. George T. Fleming. "History recalled by street names: Stanwix brings to mind many important happenings in the early days of the Western Pennsylvania settlement." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Dec. 6, 1914, sec. 2, p. 8. Newspapers.com 85907599. [view source]fleming-history-recalled
  3. Annie Clark Miller. Early Land Marks and Names of Old Pittsburgh: An address delivered before the Pittsburgh Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution at Carnegie Institute, Nov. 30, 1923, p. 8. Pittsburgh Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, 1924. Historic Pittsburgh 00awn8211m; Internet Archive earlylandmarksna00mill. [view source]miller
  4. William Bright. Native American Placenames of the United States, pp. 523–524. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2004, ISBN 978-0-8061-3598-4. [view source]bright
  5. Real Estate Plat-Book of the City of Pittsburgh, vol. 1. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1904. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1904-volume-1-plat-book-pittsburgh; included in the 1903–1906 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1904-vol-1