Wilkins Avenue

From Pittsburgh Streets
Wilkins Avenue
Neighborhoods Point Breeze, Squirrel Hill North
Origin of name William Wilkins

Wilkins Avenue is labeled in an 1851 map of Allegheny County.[1]

Most sources say that Wilkins Avenue is named for a judge, which points to William Wilkins (1779–1865).[2][3][4][5]:61 Wilkins was unanimously elected the first president of the Pittsburgh common council (1816–1819).[6][7]:58 As third president judge of the Court of Common Pleas (1820–1824), he succeeded Samuel Roberts, after whom Roberts Street is named, and was followed by Charles Shaler, eponym of Shaler Street.[7][8]:103–104,119[9] Wilkins' second wife was Matilda Dallas, who may be the eponym of Dallas Avenue.[8]:104[5]:66[10] See also Bates Street.

In a 1916 Post-Gazette column with some early Pittsburgh city history, George T. Fleming includes Wilkins Avenue as a street named after a "Pittsburgh pioneer." He had mentioned William Wilkins a few paragraphs earlier as president of the common council, but had also mentioned Charles Wilkins, son of General John Wilkins and the city's first recorder; the column is ambiguous about which man is commemorated by the street.[6]

See also


  1. Sidney & Neff and S. McRea. Map of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, with the Names of Property-Holders. Philadelphia, 1851. LCCN 2012592150. [view source]sidney-neff
  2. Annie Clark Miller. Early Land Marks and Names of Old Pittsburgh: An address delivered before the Pittsburgh Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution at Carnegie Institute, Nov. 30, 1923, p. 34. Pittsburgh Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, 1924. Historic Pittsburgh 00awn8211m; Internet Archive earlylandmarksna00mill. [view source]miller
  3. Margaret Carlin. "How our streets got their names." Pittsburgh Press, Feb. 6, 1966, Pittsburgh's Family Magazine, p. 10. Newspapers.com 149098376. [view source]carlin
  4. Joe Browne. "Streets are index of local history." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 28, 1983, p. 37. Newspapers.com 89790718. [view source]browne-streets
  5. 5.0 5.1 Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan
  6. 6.0 6.1 George T. Fleming. "Growth of city in century is great: Celebration of charter anniversary directs attention to progress made: Noteworthy events." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Mar. 12, 1916, sec. 5, p. 2. Newspapers.com 85766545. [view source]fleming-growth
  7. 7.0 7.1 History of Pittsburgh and Environs, vol. 2. American Historical Society, New York and Chicago, 1922. Google Books 3staAAAAYAAJ, TPUMAAAAYAAJ; HathiTrust 011262563; Internet Archive historypittsbur00yorkgoog, historypittsbur02socigoog. [view source]history-pgh-environs-2
  8. 8.0 8.1 A. A. Lambing and J. W. F. White. Allegheny County: Its early history and subsequent development. Snowden & Peterson, Pittsburgh, 1888. Google Books 6bY-AAAAYAAJ; HathiTrust 008957728, 100693049; Historic Pittsburgh 00aee8946m; Internet Archive centennialhistor00lamb; LCCN 18008828. [view source]lambing
  9. Erasmus Wilson, ed. Standard History of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. H. R. Cornell & Co., Chicago, 1898. Google Books 1dcwAQAAMAAJ; Historic Pittsburgh 00hc03974m; Internet Archive standardhistoryo00wils. [view source]wilson-erasmus
  10. Lillian Thomas. "City plays the name game." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Mar. 26, 2001, pp. C-5, C-8. Newspapers.com 90410524, 90410540. [view source]thomas-city