West Prospect Avenue

From Pittsburgh Streets
West Prospect Avenue
Neighborhood Fairywood
St. John Street (1870s)
Grattan Street (1880s–1900s)
Portion Near Broadhead Fording Road
Ridge Road (1890s–1910s)

This street appears in the 1876 Hopkins atlas, labeled St. John Street.[1] In the 1886 edition, it is labeled Grattan Street.[2] The 1896 edition labels the portion near Broadhead Fording Road "Grafton Street" (possibly an error for Grattan), while the part further up the hill is called Ridge Road, which became Prospect Avenue in the borough of Ingram.[3] The 1905 edition is the same as 1896 except that "Grafton" has been changed to "Grattan."[4] The 1917 edition, revised in 1928, gives the label "Ridge (Prospect) Ave." to the entire street in Pittsburgh city limits and extending into Ingram.[5]

After Chartiers Township was annexed to the city of Pittsburgh in 1921,[6] the name Prospect Avenue was too similar to Prospect Street on Mount Washington, so it was renamed West Prospect Avenue the following year.[7][8]

See also

  • 37th Street, part of which was originally named Prospect Street
  • Ridge Street, for other streets that have been named Ridge


  1. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, p. 45. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1876. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1876-atlas-pittsburgh-allegheny; included in the 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1876
  2. Atlas of the Vicinity of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny, Pennsylvania, plate 27. 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
  3. Real Estate Plat-Book of the Southern Vicinity of Pittsburgh, Penna., plate 17. 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
  4. Real Estate Plat-Book of the Southern Vicinity of Pittsburgh, plate 25. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1905. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1905-plat-book-southern-pittsburgh; included in the 1903–1906 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1905
  5. Plat-Book of the City of Pittsburgh, vol. 7. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1917, revised 1928. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1917-volume-7-plat-book-pittsburgh-south-side-southern; included in the 1923 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1917-vol-7
  6. Mark A. Connelly. "Chartiers Township–Pittsburgh City 1921 Merger." Local Geohistory Project. https://www.localgeohistory.pro/en/pa/event/chartiers-township-pittsburgh-city-1921-merger/. [view source]lgeo-chartiers-annexation
  7. "Street names in two wards to be changed: Former Chartiers township thoroughfares will be renamed by city: Many made official." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, June 4, 1922, second section, p. 3. Newspapers.com 85873495. [view source]street-names-in-two-wards
  8. "An ordinance changing the names of various streets, avenues, lanes, roads, alleys and ways in the Twentieth and Twenty-eighth Wards (formerly Chartiers Township)." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1922, no. 336. Passed Oct. 2, 1922; approved Oct. 3, 1922. Ordinance Book 33, p. 604. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh for the year 1922, appendix, pp. 238–244, Kaufman Printing Company, Pittsburgh (Google Books -UEtAQAAMAAJ; HathiTrust uiug.30112108223972; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1922). [view source]ordinance-1922-336