Pittsburgh Streets

McPherson Boulevard

Neighborhood: Point Breeze North

McPherson Boulevard was named by real estate developer Gottfried Daniel Simen for James Birdseye McPherson (1828–1864), Union general in the American Civil War.[1, 2, 3, 4] Nearby Meade Street and Thomas Boulevard are also named for Union generals, and Simonton Street is named for Mr. Simen.


[1]Carlin, Margaret. “How our streets got their names.” Pittsburgh Press, Feb. 6, 1966, Pittsburgh’s Family Magazine, p. 10. Newspapers.com 149098376.

[2]Fleming, George T. “Names recall Civil War heroes: Soldiers of national and local fame well commemorated in Pittsburgh: Battles also live.” Pittsburgh Gazette Times, May 30, 1915, fifth section, p. 2. Newspapers.com 85758872.

[3]Law, Sarah L. Pittsburgh’s Point Breeze. Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, S. C., 2014, p. 42. ISBN 978-1-4671-2233-7.

[4]Pitz, Marylynne. “A wealthy shoe salesman’s house takes a turn on the Brighton Heights house tour.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 20, 2019. https://www.post-gazette.com/life/homes/2019/09/20/Queen-Anne-farmhouse-Brighton-Heights-Chocolate-House-Tour/stories/201909170148.