Valentine Street

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Valentine Street
Neighborhood Troy Hill
Origin of name Valentine Gast

Valentine Street was laid out in 1891 by the heirs of John Gast, who had owned the land through which the street runs.[1][2] The street is named for Valentine Gast (ca. 1841 – 1894), the eldest son of John Gast. Valentine was a brewer and an alderman representing the Thirteenth Ward of Allegheny. He never married and lived with his sister on the Gast homestead.[3][4][5]

Bob Regan includes "Valentine" in his "Streets of Pittsburgh" crossword puzzle, clued as "A special card sent on February 14th."[6] Unfortunately this is just a dictionary definition of the word valentine and gives no information about the origins of the street name.


  1. "Plan of lots situate in the 13th. ward, City of Allegheny laid out by John Gast's Heirs." Laid out Apr. 29, 1891; recorded Dec. 24, 1891, Plan Book 12, p. 95. Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds 3780679. [view source]gast-heirs-plan
  2. Real Estate Plat-Book of the City of Allegheny, vol. 2, plate 12. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1890.; included in the 1890 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1890-allegheny-vol-2
  3. United States Census schedules, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. United States Census Office, 1870. Data available from Historic Pittsburgh at [view source]census-1870-allegheny
  4. "Necrological record." Pittsburgh Post, Mar. 29, 1894, p. 4. 86418372. [view source]necrological-1894-03-29
  5. "Valentine Gast dead: Demise of the Allegheny alderman and ex-councilman." Pittsburgh Commercial Gazette, Mar. 29, 1894, p. 6. 85588022. [view source]valentine-gast-dead
  6. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, pp. 183–186. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan