|Origin of name||The woof, the threads carried by the shuttle in weaving|
There's a tiny little alley in East Liberty called Woof Way. Named by a dog lover, perhaps? Well, not exactly. One of the intersecting alleys, Shuttle Way, provides a clue: their names are weaving terms. In fact, the other intersecting alley, Frazee Way, was originally named Warp Way, as shown in the 1924 Hopkins street atlas. A shuttle, of course, is the wooden piece that holds yarn to be passed back and forth between the warp threads on a loom; the woof, or weft, is the resulting threads that run perpendicular to the warp. So Warp Way and Woof Way are quite appropriate names for intersecting alleys!
- Real Estate Plat-Book of the City of Pittsburgh, vol. 3. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1924. view source] hopkins-1924-vol-3 ; included in the 1923 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( ). [