Washington Boulevard

From Pittsburgh Streets
Washington Boulevard
Neighborhoods Highland Park, Homewood West, Larimer, Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar
Origin of name George Washington
Beechwood Boulevard (until 1910)
Origin of name Beechwood, the estate of William N. Frew

Washington Boulevard used to be part of Beechwood Boulevard. The segment of Beechwood Boulevard from Frankstown Avenue to the Haights Run Bridge was renamed Washington Boulevard in 1910[1][2][3][4] in honor of George Washington (1732–1799),[5] commander of the Continental Army, Founding Father, and first President of the United States (1789–1797).

Previously, the Daughters of the American Revolution had proposed changing the name of Fifth Avenue east of downtown to Washington Avenue, but this was opposed by Mayor William A. Magee, and the name of Fifth Avenue was not changed.[1][6][7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Fifth avenue's name will not be changed: Beechwood boulevard is to be called William Pitt boulevard." Pittsburgh Post, Jan. 22, 1910, p. 14. Newspapers.com 93557559. [view source]fifth-avenues-name
  2. "Councils to fix names of streets: Will pass finally on new selections ordered reported favorably by surveys committee—Historical Society aids City Clerk Clark: Some changes which are recommended." Pittsburg Press, Jan. 27, 1910, p. 5. Newspapers.com 141338336. [view source]councils-to-fix-names-of-streets
  3. "Removal of hump approved: Street widening and renaming bills also go through committees: Liggett files protest: Declares Diamond street proposition will cost city $500,000 damages: Some new appellations." Pittsburgh Post, Jan. 27, 1910, p. 2. Newspapers.com 87647082. [view source]removal-of-hump-approved
  4. "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 (Newspapers.com 86611990, 86612022), Apr. 20, pp. 10–11 (Newspapers.com 86612278, 86612297), and Apr. 21, pp. 10–11 (Newspapers.com 86612601, 86612625). [view source]ordinance-1910-715
  5. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, pp. 63, 199. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan
  6. "Making a joke of street names: Clerks assigned to wipe out duplications choose any old titles: Hippo, Tumbo, Fortitude!: Also Divinity, Sunday, Starch, Parkhurst, Chianti, Wry and Prudence." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, July 28, 1909, p. 2. Newspapers.com 85879633. [view source]making-a-joke
  7. "Want names retained of old city streets: Citizens object to changes in time-honored appellations: Speedy action is urged: Committee of councils asked to hasten task of eliminating duplicates." Pittsburgh Post, Jan. 12, 1910, p. 7. Newspapers.com 93557403. [view source]want-names-retained