Uptegraff Street

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Uptegraff Street
Neighborhood Swisshelm Park

The name Uptegraff, with several spelling variations, has a long history in Pittsburgh. James M. Riddle's directory of 1815 lists "Updegraff[,] Abner, cutler and edge-tool maker, s w corner of 5th and Smithfield."[1] One notable bearer of the name was Walter D. Uptegraff (1865–1929), personal secretary and trusted agent of George Westinghouse, later an executive of many Westinghouse businesses.[2][3]

The street first appears as Uptegraff Street, with two F's, in the 1903 Polk city directory.[4] The spelling in that directory changed to Uptegraft, with a final T, in 1905.[5] Whether intentionally or by misprint, the name was officially established as Uptegraf, with a single F, by a city ordinance in 1910 that gave names for all streets in the city.[6] The Polk directory amended its spelling to Uptegraf in 1913.[7] Current street signs, however, say Uptegraff, with two F's.


  1. James M. Riddle. The Pittsburgh Directory for 1815: Containing the names, professions and residence of the heads of families and persons in business, in the borough of Pittsburgh, with an appendix containing a variety of useful information. James M. Riddle, Pittsburgh, 1815. Internet Archive pittsburghdirect00ridd. Republished by the Colonial Trust Co., Pittsburgh, 1905 (Google Books 9ihRAAAAYAAJ; Historic Pittsburgh 00ach3238m); and by Duquesne Smelting Corporation, Pittsburgh, 1940 (Internet Archive pittsburghdirect00repu). [view source]riddle
  2. John W. Jordan. Encyclopedia of Pennsylvania Biography, vol. III. Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1914. Google Books CuYsAAAAYAAJ; HathiTrust 008588881; Internet Archive encyclopediaofpe03jord; https://digital.libraries.psu.edu/digital/collection/digitalbks2/id/1079. [view source]ency-pa-biog-3
  3. "W. D. Uptegraff dies at Niagara: Former aide of Westinghouse to be buried here." Pittsburgh Press, Feb. 18, 1929, p. 6. Newspapers.com 146328587. [view source]uptegraff-obit
  4. R. L. Polk & Co. and R. L. Dudley. Pittsburgh and Allegheny Directory, 1903, forty-eighth annual issue. R. L. Polk & Co. and R. L. Dudley, Pittsburgh, 1903. DonsList.net Pgh1903M; Historic Pittsburgh 31735055723385. [view source]polk-1903
  5. R. L. Polk & Co. and R. L. Dudley. Pittsburgh and Allegheny Directory, 1905, fiftieth annual issue. R. L. Polk & Co. and R. L. Dudley, Pittsburgh, 1905. DonsList.net Pgh1905M; Historic Pittsburgh 31735055723393. [view source]polk-1905
  6. "An ordinance establishing the names of the avenues, streets, lanes and alleys in the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1910, no. 716. Passed Mar. 31, 1910; approved Apr. 5, 1910. Ordinance Book 21, p. 359. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the [Select and Common Councils] of the City of Pittsburgh for the years 1909–1910, appendix, pp. 328–381, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1910 (Google Books doQzAQAAMAAJ; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1909). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Apr. 29, 1910, pp. 12–16 (Newspapers.com 86616256, 86616285, 86616314, 86616333, 86616343), and Apr. 30, pp. 12–16 (Newspapers.com 86616643, 86616672, 86616694, 86616726, 86616748). [view source]ordinance-1910-716
  7. R. L. Polk & Co. and R. L. Dudley. Pittsburgh Directory 1913, fifty-eighth annual issue. R. L. Polk & Co. and R. L. Dudley, Pittsburgh, 1913. Historic Pittsburgh 31735058193867. [view source]polk-1913