West Liberty Avenue

From Pittsburgh Streets
Not to be confused with Liberty Avenue or East Liberty Boulevard.
West Liberty Avenue
Neighborhoods Beechview, Bon Air, Brookline, Mount Washington
Origin of name Former borough of West Liberty
Pittsburgh and Washington Road (until ca. 1890)
Origin of name Pittsburgh and Washington, Pennsylvania
West Liberty Road (ca. 1890 – ca. 1900)
Origin of name Borough of West Liberty

This road was laid out in 1839.[1] It appears in the 1851 map of Allegheny County by Sidney & Neff and S. McRea.[2] The 1862 map by S. N. and F. W. Beers also shows the road and labels the community of West Liberty through which it passed.[3] West Liberty was incorporated as a borough in 1876.[4][5]

The road was originally called the Pittsburgh and Washington Road.[6][5] It is labeled West Liberty Road in the 1896 Hopkins atlas.[7]

West Liberty was annexed to the city of Pittsburgh in 1908, by which time the thoroughfare had become known as West Liberty Avenue.[8]


  1. South Pittsburgh Development Corporation. Brookline, p. 9. Images of America. Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, S. C., 2005, ISBN 978-0-7385-3724-5. LCCN 2004113373. [view source]spdc
  2. Sidney & Neff and S. McRea. Map of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, with the Names of Property-Holders. Philadelphia, 1851. LCCN 2012592150. [view source]sidney-neff
  3. S. N. & F. W. Beers. Map of Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Smith, Gallup & Hewitt, Philadelphia, 1862. LCCN 2012592151; 1862 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]beers
  4. A. A. Lambing and J. W. F. White. Allegheny County: Its early history and subsequent development, p. 72. Snowden & Peterson, Pittsburgh, 1888. Google Books 6bY-AAAAYAAJ; HathiTrust 008957728, 100693049; Historic Pittsburgh 00aee8946m; Internet Archive centennialhistor00lamb; LCCN 18008828. [view source]lambing
  5. 5.0 5.1 History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania: Including its early settlement and progress to the present time; a description of its historic and interesting localities; its cities, towns and villages; religious, educational, social and military history; mining, manufacturing and commercial interests; improvements, resources, statistics, etc.: Also portraits of some of its prominent men, and biographies of many of its representative citizens, p. 53. A. Warner & Co., Chicago, 1889. Google Books DwzYAAAAMAAJ; Internet Archive historyofalleghe1889cush. [view source]history-of-allegheny-county
  6. Atlas of the Vicinity of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny, Pennsylvania, plate 22. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1886. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1886-atlas-pittsburgh-allegheny; included in the 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1886
  7. Real Estate Plat-Book of the Southern Vicinity of Pittsburgh, Penna., plate 9. 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
  8. "West Liberty enters city as unique ward: Old borough was largest in the State, and comes into Pittsburgh to-day: Has area of 2,700 acres: Surplus in the treasury of $3,000 will go into school fund of new section." Pittsburgh Post, Jan. 6, 1908, p. 2. Newspapers.com 86554170. [view source]west-liberty-enters