Wysox Street

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Wysox Street
Neighborhood Carrick
Willis Avenue (until 1927)

Wysox Street was originally named Willis Avenue.[1] The borough of Carrick was annexed into the city of Pittsburgh in 1927,[2][3][4][5][6] and shortly afterward the name of the street was changed to Wysox Street because of the duplication with Willis Street in Fairywood.[7][8][9][10] Wysox Street was officially opened by a Pittsburgh city ordinance in 1929.[11]

Despite a humorous suggestion in a 1988 Post-Gazette column by Tom Hritz, who paired Wysox Street with Chicago Street in Northview Heights,[12] Wysox Street is not named for the White Sox. It is probably named for Wysox Township or Wysox Creek, both in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. The name is a variant of earlier forms such as Wysaukin, with origins in the Lenape (Delaware) language, but the derivation is unclear.[13]


  1. Plat-Book of the City of Pittsburgh, vol. 6. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1916, revised 1922 and 1928. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1916-volume-6-plat-book-pittsburgh-south-side-southern; included in the 1923 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1916-vol-6
  2. "Boroughs to join city on Monday: Midnight tomorrow to mark end of administrations." Pittsburgh Post, Jan. 1, 1927, p. 1. Newspapers.com 86806235. [view source]boroughs-to-join
  3. "Carrick, Knoxville, Westwood in city: Borough policemen to be examined for retention." Pittsburgh Post, Jan. 3, 1927, p. 1. Newspapers.com 86806351. [view source]carrick-knoxville-westwood
  4. "Pa Pitt will add 20,700 to family as 3 boroughs are taken in tomorrow." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Jan. 2, 1927, p. 1. Newspapers.com 86498743. [view source]pa-pitt
  5. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 10. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan
  6. "Three boroughs enter city, are given police and fire protection; officers sworn: Knoxville, Westwood, and Carrick part of Pittsburgh: Heads named temporarily." Pittsburgh Post, Jan. 4, 1927, p. 3. Newspapers.com 86806383. [view source]three-boroughs
  7. "Hearing today on street names: Changing 155 thoroughfares to be subject of discussion: Carrick and Knoxville duplicate city highways: Ordinances up before Council." Pittsburgh Post, Jan. 26, 1927, p. 3. Newspapers.com 88189399. [view source]hearing-today
  8. "Hold street names hearing." Pittsburgh Press, Jan. 26, 1927, p. 20. Newspapers.com 146201692. [view source]hold-street-names-hearing
  9. "Many Carrick streets to be given new names." Pittsburgh Press, Jan. 4, 1927, p. 6. Newspapers.com 146167053. [view source]many-carrick-streets
  10. "An ordinance changing the names of certain avenues, streets, lanes, alleys and ways in the Twenty-ninth Ward (formerly Carrick Borough)." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1927, no. 207. Passed Mar. 21, 1927; approved Mar. 26, 1927. Ordinance Book 38, p. 410. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh: For the year 1927, appendix, pp. 187–190, Smith Bros. Co. Inc., Pittsburgh (Google Books cZfgUddPQR0C; HathiTrust uiug.30112109819802; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1927). [view source]ordinance-1927-207
  11. "An ordinance approving 'Raleigh Square Plan of Lots' in the Twenty-ninth Ward of the City of Pittsburgh, laid out by the Raleigh Square Land Company, accepting the dedication of Almont Street, Biscayne Drive, Biscayne Place, Edgar Street, Nice Way, Olivet Street, Olivet Way, Rex Way, Valera Street, Windfall Way and Wysox Street as shown thereon for public use for highway purposes, opening and naming the same; fixing the width and position of the sidewalks and roadway of Almont Street, Biscayne Drive, Biscayne Place, Edgar Street, Olivet Street, Olivet Way, Rex Way, Valera Street, Windfall Way and Wysox Street." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1929, no. 706. Passed Nov. 4, 1929; approved Nov. 9, 1929. Ordinance Book 42, p. 83. Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nov. 15, 1929, p. 29 (Newspapers.com 89854115), and Nov. 16, p. 30 (Newspapers.com 89854323); and in the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, Nov. 16, 1929, p. 19 (Newspapers.com 522951392). [view source]ordinance-1929-706
  12. Tom Hritz. "X Street marks no spot in city." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 27, 1988, p. 4. Newspapers.com 89967623, 89967854. [view source]hritz
  13. William Bright. Native American Placenames of the United States, p. 576. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2004, ISBN 978-0-8061-3598-4. [view source]bright