Street name changes, 1906

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In 1906, the Pensacola City Council changed the name of numerous City streets. The was effected via an ordinance entitled:

An Ordinance to Change the Names of Certain Streets and Public Ways in the City of Pensacola.

The ordinance was approved on May 10, 1906. The ordinance was designed to address situations where a single thoroughfare had two or more different names over its length, or where multiple thoroughfares shared the same name. As a result of the ordinance, the names of many streets were changed to their present-day names.

Genesis of the ordinance[edit]

At the City Council meeting held March 2, 1906, a communication from Mayor Charles Henry Bliss to the City Council was read, in which the mayor "called attention to the fact that the streets in the Northern part of the City had three names, one name for the western part, one for the central part and one for the eastern part, and that in several cases there were two different streets having the same name."[1]

The Council then appointed a special committee comprised of Council members A. H. D'Alemberte, W. B. Wright, and J. M. Muldon, and charged them with resolving the naming conflicts. The committee returned its recommendations on March 22, which were incorporated into an ordinance.[2]

A further ordinance, changing the names of several other streets, was approved in September 1906.

Name changes[edit]

The name changes included:

Previous street name New street name
Pettersen Street Cypress Street
McClellan Street Pine Street
Alston Street Magnolia Street
(present-day Gimble Street)
DeSoto Street Heinberg Street
Spring Street Aragon Street
Havana Street, Alston Street, 13th Street West Gregory Street
Simpson Street West Wright Street
Forbes Street, First Street Belmont Street
Howell Street, Second Street la Rua Street
Griswall Street, Third Street Jackson Street
Campbell Street, Fourth Street Gadsden Street
Babcock Street, Fifth Street Cervantes Street
Kennedy Street, Sixth Street Strong Street
Duval Street, Seventh Street De Soto Street
Wagner Street, Eighth Street Gonzalez Street
Rodney Street, Ninth Street Brainerd Street
Washington Street, Tenth Street Lloyd Street
Jefferson Street, Eleventh Street Lee Street
Adams Street, Twelfth Street Blount Street
Madison Street, 13th Street Moreno Street
Calhoun Street, 14th Street Mallory Street
15th Street Avery Street
Lakeview Avenue, 16th Street Sierra Street
(present-day Lakeview Avenue)
17th Street Hernandez Street
18th Street Jordan Street
Palmetto Street, 19th Street Maxwell Street
20th Street Bobe Street
21st Street Job Street
(present-day Yonge Street)
23rd Street Hatton Street
24th Street Cross Street
25th Street Fisher Street
26th Street Yonge Street
(present-day Leonard Street)
27th Street Baars Street
28th Street Hayes Street
29th Street Anderson Street
30th Street Maura Street
6th Avenue Cordova Street
(present-day 6th Avenue)
7th Avenue San Carlos Street
(present-day 7th Avenue)
Cevallos Street, 8th Avenue Cevallos Street
Jorda Street B Street
Palma Street C Street
Maxent Street E Street
Sheffield Street F Street
Anniston Street I Street
Birmingham Street M Street

Pettersen Addition[edit]

The ordinance also changed the names of several streets in the Pettersen Addition and portions of the West King Tract. However, only a few of these names have carried through to the present day: Davison Street, Cahn Street, Stillman Street, and Water Street.

The name changes included:

Previous street name Street name after ordinance Present-day street name
First Avenue, O Street Pettersen Street Pace Boulevard
Second Avenue, P Street Muldon Street P Street
Third Avenue, Q Street Brent Street Q Street
Fourth Avenue, R Street Hyer Street R Street
Fifth Avenue, S Street Green Street S Street
Sixth Avenue, T Street Pfieffer Street T Street
Seventh Avenue Simpson Street U Street
Eighth Avenue Keyser Street V Street
Ninth Avenue Knowles Street W Street
Tenth Avenue Davison Street Davison Street
X Street (north of Jackson)
Eleventh Avenue Clinton Street Y Street
Twelfth Avenue Hancock Street Myrick Street
Z Street (north of la Rua)
13th Avenue Cahn Street Cahn Street
14th Avenue Stillman Street Stillman Street
15th Avenue Water Street Water Street

Other public ways[edit]

The ordinance also named several previously-unnamed public ways:

Location of public way Street name after ordinance Present-day street name
Between Oliva Street (present-day A Street) and Reus Street, extending through blocks 35, 36, 37, 42, and 48 Fort Street Extant today only as two spans of unimproved City right-of-way between A and Clubbs Streets and de Villiers and Reus Streets. The portions between Clubbs and de Villiers Street were vacated and are presently occupied by part of the Main Street Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Between Oliva Street (present-day A Street) and de Villiers Street, extending through blocks 33, 34, 43, and 47 Taylor Street Extant today only as a short span of unimproved City right-of-way between A and Clubbs Streets. The portions between Clubbs and de Villiers were vacated.
From Oliva Street (present-day A Street) eastward through blocks 44 and 46 Cedar Street No longer extant, vacated
Between Oliva Street (present-day A Street) and Reus Street, extending though blocks 56, 57, and 58 Chipley Street Extant today only as a short span of unimproved City right-of-way named Hilary Street, between de Villiers and Reus Streets. The portions between A and de Villiers Streets were vacated.
Right-of-way of the Pensacola and Perdido Railway Company Pintado Street Railway still extant, but right-of-way is not used as any kind of public thoroughfare

The September ordinance[edit]

In September, a further ordinance was passed changing the names of several other streets:

Previous street name New street name
Unnamed street first north of Maura Street Tunis Street
Yonge Street Leonard Street
Sierra Street Stoddart Street
(present-day Lakeview Avenue)
Job Street Yonge Street

The September ordinance also eliminated several street names near Bayou Texar, folding them into the adjacent numbered avenues.

References[edit]

  1. Minutes of the Pensacola City Council, March 2, 1906.
  2. Minutes of the Pensacola City Council, March 28, 1906.