East Liverpool Historical Society

By: Joan Witt

The naming patterns of small towns and street always give a good history of the locale and its background. East Liverpool certainly is not much different from most other towns.

Our Founder Thomas Fawcett is remembered in Fawcett Street. The Boyce family name appears in East End near where David Boyce owned land. The McKinnon family is remembered in McKinnon Ave where the family owned a farm. Riley Avenue is named for one of the sons. The Hickman family was the other of the earliest settler families, but no known street name exists today. Claiborne Street honors Claiborne Simms. Basil Street was named for one of the Simms.

The streets in the business section were named as location from the River as First through Ninth Streets. Union Avenue was given the name as it was the Union of the Fawcett and Smith (father in law and son in law) properties. Market Street was always a business center. Early presidents were named in Washington, Jackson, Jefferson, Monroe, and Lincoln streets. Later presidents are remembered with Grant, Harding, and Cleveland streets. Broadway was so named as it was wider than most streets. There were some that hoped there might be a railroad along Broadway, but never took place.

St. Clair Avenue was named for Arthur St. Clair and also because it led to St. Clair Township. But first it was named Calcutta Road, as it led to Calcutta where people had to get their mail early on. Lisbon Street was named as the direct road to Lisbon. One can find many streets and alleys named for the beautiful flowers here, such as Azalea, Daisy, Mayflower, Iris, and Lily. Walnut Street no doubt had a grove of Walnut trees. Apple, Cherry, and Peach alleys are located around town. At one time, the numbered streets east of Broadway had different names. Third Street was Cook Street, a landowner from Pittsburgh. Fourth Street was Robinson Street, named for another property owner from Pittsburgh. Fifth Street carried the name of Koosuth Street, a leader in the Hungarian Revolt in the mid-1800s.

We have many streets here to reflect the pottery industry, such as Dresden Avenue, Etruria Street, Wedgewood Street, Ceramic and Belleck streets, named for the Irish chinaware. Mr. Bennett was given credit for starting the pottery industry, but somehow was not remembered in a street or alley in town. There is a College Street in town, just as we have Kent East Liverpool. Other colleges remembered here are Harvard, Princeton, and Columbia, the first in Glenmoor area and the other two in the Northside area.

Many streets honor early residents and were often part of the family lands. Bradshaw Avenue was named for Enoch Bradshaw an early potter, newspaper editor, and mayor of the town. The Bradshaw children are remembered with Laura, Eugene Place, and Ambrose Avenue. Thompson Avenue was once part of the lands owned by Josiah Thompson. Park Boulevard, named for the land given to the city by Will L. Thompson.

Many of the Thompson family members owned land on the boulevard and built the first home there. Previously, they lived along Thompson Lane, which no longer exists.

Jackman Street was no doubt named for the Jackman family who owned property there, as well as Fredericktown. Blakely Street honors one of the early town mayors, John Blakely.

The Smith family lands became part of Smithfield Street and Orchard Grove was named for the orchards on the McKinnon lands. The alleys, which carry the names of the apples, were probably named for the varieties of apples which grew in the orchard.

Nearby was the Anderson farm that, in part, became Riverview Cemetery. Huston and Ephraim streets were named for Ephraim Huston, who owned that farm.

William Hill is remembered with Hill Boulevard and Meadow Street was named for his meadow. Gilson Street was named for the Gilson family, members which intermarried with the Hill family. Hill's sister married John Fisher and the two owned the land in Pleasant Heights now known as Fisher Park. Sanford Avenue is named for Sanford Fisher.

Along St. Clair Avenue is Fisher Avenue, named for another Fisher family who owned the land. Henry Richardson and Carolyn avenues are named for children in that family. Mr. Blackmore was an early landowner in Liverpool Township, as was the Andrews family, whose land is now part of the country club. Curry Avenue was named for the Curry family.

At one time, there was a street known as Deadman's Lane, so named because a dead man was found lying along the land. The man was later determined to be a Civil War veteran who had committed suicide. That land was later called Armstrong Lane.

Burrows Avenue is located next to the Burrows family home. Garner Avenue is named for the George Garner family and Mayberry Lane is named for Dr. Mayberry, a long-time resident of that area. Cartwright Street remembers the Cartwright Pottery family.

Several states are remembered with streets known as Pennsylvania, Maryland, Michigan, Virginia and Minnesota. Pleasant Heights has more distant states of Dakota, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming Streets. The outside of the city limits along outer Dresden Avenue was once called California Hollow.

Erie Street no doubt honors Lake Erie, and perhaps Perry Street was named for Oliver Hazard Perry, the hero of the Battle of Lake Erie.

Ninth Street was once called Sheridan Avenue and was named for Phil Sheridan, a general in the Civil War. At one time, there was Sheridan Avenue School, which is not the Sheridan Avenue A. M. E. Church.


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