Murphy's Saloon

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View of construction progress behind Murphy's Saloon on Alexis Street.
January 9th, 1906
Alexis Street
Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection
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Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection, 1901-2002, AIS.1971.05, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh Original URL
Bars (Drinking establishments)--Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh.; Blue collar workers--Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh.; Pipelines--Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh--Design and construction.; Murphy's Saloon (Pittsburgh, Pa.)..; Alexis Street (Pittsburgh, Pa.).; Oakland (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
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  • Matt over 10 years ago

    Alright, here’s my best guess, and I think it’s a good one.

    This building sat facing Acorn St, in the middle of the intersection of what is now Saline and Alexis St in the Run section of Greenfield, and was then the intersection of Alexis and the unopened Right of Way of Forward Ave (which did in fact continue all the way out to Squirrel Hill but has not done so since the Parkway was constructed).

    There is no other explanation I can come up with for why they are putting a sewer main under a building!

    Here is a map of Greenfield Sewers, showing that line:

    And here is a map of the neighborhood in 1904 showing buildings in the right of way, I think there may even be a manhole drawn in front of the building in question, meaning this construction was replacing an existing line:

  • Dane over 10 years ago

    Great detective work Matt! Your evidence is pretty compelling and I have to agree with you on this tag

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