Tustin Street

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Tustin Street
Neighborhood Bluff
Origin of name James Tustin

Tustin Street is named for James Tustin (1774–1853), an early iron manufacturer and landowner.[1][2][3][4]

Tustin, born in London, came to Pittsburgh about 1804. In 1808 he bought the land that is now bounded by Fifth Avenue, Kirkpatrick Street, and Wyandotte Street (extended to meet Kirkpatrick), and also a large plot between Fifth Avenue and the Monongahela River between about Miltenberger Street and Brady Street. The Tustin home was built of stone on the north side of Fifth Avenue (then called the Fourth Street Road) opposite what is now Seneca Street and stood until 1903. Nearby, on the hillside above today's Moultrie Street, Tustin established a forge and shop. He named his forge and estate Soho, after the district in London where he learned his trade. He manufactured machinery and tools, and he also hand-made wrought-iron pipe tomahawks (a combination tobacco pipe and ax), stamped with the words "TUSTIN—SOHO." In 1811, he built the engine for the New Orleans, the first steamboat on the western rivers of the United States. He also owned sawmills and lumber yards along the Monongahela and was a director and stockholder in the company that built the first lock and dam on that river.[3]

The name of Tustin's forge and estate, Soho, later became the name of the surrounding neighborhood.[3][5] The neighborhood is today more commonly known as the Bluff or Uptown.


  1. "Signs for streets: With the names in big letters, to be placed at every corner: Following the Paris style: An attempt to label the city that proved a sad failure: How some streets were named." Pittsburg Dispatch, Aug. 10, 1892, p. 2. Newspapers.com 76578361. [view source]signs-for-streets
  2. George T. Fleming. "Reisville now forgotten name: Once thriving suburb called after a pioneer has long been incorporated into City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Dec. 19, 1915, sec. 5, p. 2. Newspapers.com 85762040. [view source]fleming-reisville
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 History of Pittsburgh and Environs, [vol. 5?] (biographical), pp. 138–139. American Historical Society, New York and Chicago, 1922. Google Books IdAwAQAAMAAJ, iGROWogZLRkC, VP9HAQAAMAAJ; HathiTrust 011262563; Internet Archive historyofpittsbu05inflem, historypittsbur00compgoog. [view source]history-pgh-environs-5
  4. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 74. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan
  5. 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. 48. Pittsburgh Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, 1924. Historic Pittsburgh 00awn8211m; Internet Archive earlylandmarksna00mill. [view source]miller