Wissahickon Road

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Wissahickon Road
Neighborhood Perry North
Origin of name Wissahickon Hollow

Wissahickon Road in Riverview Park was officially named in 1936.[1] Today it is the Wissahickon Trail.[2] It is so named because it runs through Wissahickon Hollow.[3][4][5]

Ultimately the name comes from Wissahickon Creek, a tributary of the Schuykill River in the Philadelphia area.[6] The name comes from the Lenape (Delaware) language;[6][7] William Bright says it is related to the word wisamek, meaning "catfish."[7]


  1. "An ordinance designating names for the Unnamed Public Highways in West End Park, Riverview Park, Highland Park and Schenley Park." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1936, no. 272. Passed Aug. 26, 1936; approved Aug. 27, 1936. Ordinance Book 47, p. 409. Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 4, 1936, p. 22 (Newspapers.com 88916227), and Sept. 5, p. 21 (Newspapers.com 88916252). [view source]ordinance-1936-272
  2. Don Hopey. "Often-overlooked Riverview Park has surprises." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 20, 2004, pp. B-1, B-3. Newspapers.com 89926590, 89926592. [view source]hopey
  3. "Suicide in a park: Albert Cramer's body found in a hollow in Riverview: The man had been dead several days—he died of poison—an alpine violet from his mother—a New York jurist breaks his neck." Pittsburgh Commercial Gazette, Sept. 24, 1894, p. 2. Newspapers.com 85577792. [view source]suicide-in-a-park
  4. "Riverview park in great demand: McIlvain making preparations for season in Allegheny City's pleasure ground: Many picnics scheduled." Pittsburgh Gazette, Apr. 4, 1904, [p. 3]. Newspapers.com 86226362. [view source]riverview-park-in-great-demand
  5. "Boy Scouts camp at Wissahickon: Many contests enliven days for boys and their many visitors." Pittsburg Press, June 14, 1914, classified section, p. 9. Newspapers.com 143661032. [view source]boy-scouts-camp
  6. 6.0 6.1 Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 75. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan
  7. 7.0 7.1 William Bright. Native American Placenames of the United States, p. 572. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2004, ISBN 978-0-8061-3598-4. [view source]bright