Walcott Street

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Walcott Street
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Wiley Street (until 1906)

This street appears as Wiley Street in the 1896 Hopkins atlas.[1] This name was too similar to Wylie Avenue on the Hill, so it was renamed Walcott Street in 1906.[2]

Bob Regan includes "Walcott" in a list of streets named for noted historical people, but unfortunately he gives no further details.[3] It is not clear who Regan had in mind.


  1. Real Estate Plat-Book of the Southern Vicinity of Pittsburgh, Penna., plate 15. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1896. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1896%E2%80%93plat-book-southern-pittsburgh; included in the 1890 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1896
  2. "An ordinance changing and establishing the names of avenues, streets and alleys in the Fortieth ward of the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1906, no. 208. Passed Sept. 10, 1906; approved Sept. 13, 1906. Ordinance Book 18, p. 25. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the [Select and Common Councils] of the City of Pittsburgh for the year 1906–1907, appendix, pp. 83–84, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1907 (Google Books 2rxEAQAAMAAJ; HathiTrust chi.096599013; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1906). [view source]ordinance-1906-208
  3. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 63. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan