Woodruff Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Woodruff Street
Neighborhoods Duquesne Heights, Mount Washington
Origin of name Modification of its earlier name, Woodville
Woodville Street (1870s)
Woodville Avenue (1881–1910)
Woodstock Street (1910–1929)
Origin of name Modification of its earlier name, Woodville

A township road in the location of modern Woodruff Street appears in the 1852 map of R. E. McGowin[1] and the 1862 map of S. N. and F. W. Beers.[2] It is named Woodville Street in the 1872 Hopkins atlas.[3]

The name Woodville Avenue was established by an 1881 Pittsburgh ordinance, with the description, "from Independence street [modern Greentree Road], formerly Virginia avenue."[4] The word "formerly" here is likely an error; it was probably meant to say "from Independence street to Virginia avenue." At that time Woodville Avenue included both modern Woodruff Street and modern Woodville Avenue.[5]

In 1910, over 900 streets were renamed, and Woodville Avenue was split into three pieces: Woodville Avenue itself, from Independence Street to Lupton Street; Woodstock Street, from Woodville Avenue to Lewis Street; and Woodruff Street, from Lewis Street to Virginia Avenue.[6][7]

Woodstock Street was the name given to the short street in Duquesne Heights where the Allegheny County Labor Council (AFL-CIO) and the Steamfitters Local Union #449 are now located. This was formerly part of the same continuous street as Woodruff Street in Mount Washington, though it passed through the northern tip of Lower St. Clair Township,[8] which was probably the reason that the two segments were given different names. This last remnant of Lower St. Clair Township was annexed to the city of Pittsburgh in 1924.[9] Five years later, Woodstock Street was named Woodruff Street,[10] as was the short piece of road that formerly passed through the annexed township.[11]

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References

  1. R. E. McGowin. Map of the Cities of Pittsburgh and Allegheny and of the Boroughs of South-Pittsburgh, Birmingham, East-Birmingham, Lawrenceville, Duquesne & Manchester etc. Schuchman & Haunlein, Pittsburgh, 1852. https://collections.lib.uwm.edu/digital/collection/agdm/id/32269/. [view source]mcgowin-1852
  2. 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
  3. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, p. 107. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1872-atlas-pittsburgh-allegheny; 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1872
  4. "An ordinance establishing the names of avenues, streets, lanes and alleys of the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1881, no. 33. Passed Feb. 28, 1881; approved Mar. 4, 1881. Ordinance Book 5, p. 212. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Select and Common Councils of the City of Pittsburgh, for the year 1880, pp. 213–234, Herald Printing Co., Pittsburgh, 1881 (Internet Archive pghmunicipalrecord1880). [view source]ordinance-1881-33
  5. Atlas of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny, plates 27, 29. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1882. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1882-atlas-pittsburgh-allegheny; 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1882
  6. "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; 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
  7. "An ordinance establishing the names of the avenues, streets, lanes and alleys in the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1910, no. 716. Passed Mar. 31, 1910; approved Apr. 5, 1910. Ordinance Book 21, p. 359. 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. 328–381, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1910 (Google Books doQzAQAAMAAJ; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1909). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Apr. 29, 1910, pp. 12–16 (Newspapers.com 86616256, 86616285, 86616314, 86616333, 86616343), and Apr. 30, pp. 12–16 (Newspapers.com 86616643, 86616672, 86616694, 86616726, 86616748). [view source]ordinance-1910-716
  8. Plat-Book of the City of Pittsburgh, vol. 7, plate 4. 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
  9. "Seldom Seen, part of Lower St. Clair township, annexed to city." Pittsburgh Post, Mar. 20, 1924, p. 4. Newspapers.com 86804442. [view source]seldom-seen-annexed
  10. "An ordinance changing the name of Woodstock Street, from the westerly line of former Lower St. Clair Township to the northerly terminus of the street as laid out in the 'Village of Shalersville', to Woodruff Street." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1929, no. 62. Passed Feb. 4, 1929; approved Feb. 15, 1929. Ordinance Book 41, p. 51. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh for the year 1929, appendix, pp. 73–74, Kaufman Printing Co., Pittsburgh (Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1929). [view source]ordinance-1929-62
  11. "An ordinance naming an unnamed township road, connecting Woodruff Street and Woodstock Street through the former Lower St. Clair Township, Woodruff Street." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1929, no. 63. Passed Feb. 4, 1929; approved Feb. 15, 1929. Ordinance Book 41, p. 52. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh for the year 1929, appendix, p. 74, Kaufman Printing Co., Pittsburgh (Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1929). [view source]ordinance-1929-63