Veteran Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Veteran Street
Neighborhood Perry South
Virginia Street (until ca. 1900)
Virginia Avenue (ca. 1900 – 1910)

This street was originally named Virginia Street.[1] The 1902 Hopkins atlas calls it Virginia Street in the index map[2] but Virginia Avenue in the full-scale map.[2]:10

In 1910, three years after the annexation of Allegheny into the city of Pittsburgh, over 900 streets were renamed in order to fix duplicates. The name of this street conflicted with Virginia Avenue on Mount Washington, so it was renamed Veteran Street.[3]

Bob Regan includes "Veteran" in his "Streets of Pittsburgh" crossword puzzle, clued as "Person who has served in the armed forces."[4] Unfortunately this is just a dictionary definition of the word veteran and gives no information about the origin of the street name.

See also


  1. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, p. 53. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1876.; included in the 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1876
  2. 2.0 2.1 Real Estate Plat-Book of the City of Allegheny, vol. 2. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1902.; included in the 1903–1906 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1902-allegheny-vol-2
  3. "An ordinance changing the names of certain avenues, streets, lanes and alleys in the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1910, no. 715. Passed Mar. 31, 1910; approved Apr. 5, 1910. Ordinance Book 21, p. 342. 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. 312–328, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1910 (Google Books doQzAQAAMAAJ; HathiTrust uiug.30112108223832; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1909). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Apr. 19, 1910, pp. 10–11 ( 86611990, 86612022), Apr. 20, pp. 10–11 ( 86612278, 86612297), and Apr. 21, pp. 10–11 ( 86612601, 86612625). [view source]ordinance-1910-715
  4. 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