Road Names

Have you ever wondered where the name of your street came from? This page might be able to give you some answers. Please note, this page is not a comprehensive list of all the streets in the borough. If you know where the name of your street comes from, feel free to send me an email at abensch@wvboro.com. The goal is to list all the streets in the borough!

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It is also important to note that many of the streets in the borough are named after American cities, towns, and universities. 

Amherst Avenue is most likely named after the town of Amherst, Massachussetts.

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Ann Arbor Avenue is named after Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Bronx Avenue comes from the Bronx, New York.

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Center Avenue got its name because it runs through the center of West View. Up until the 1960s, the trolley tracks ran all the way down Center Avenue.

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Darthmouth Avenue comes from Dartmouth University in Hanover, New Hampshire.

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Fordham Avenue comes from Fordham University in New  York, New York. 

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Georgetown Avenue comes from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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Highland Avenue is named after the Hiland family. Barnabas Hiland moved his family to the West View/Ross area in 1795. After Barnabas passed away that same year, the land was left to Martha. She became one of the largest landowners in the area. Somehow, the spelling was changed along the way.

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Keating Avenue is named after Joseph Keating, who ran Keating Tavern.

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Martsolf Avenue is named after the father of West View, Frederick C. Martsolf. He built his home on this street.

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Perry Highway is named after Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. Perry Highway roughly follows the route of the Venango Indian Trail. Commodore Perry utilized the road to get supplies north to Lake Erie during the War of 1812. It was originally the Perrysville Plank Road before being paved. The road was opened on November 23, 1929.

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Schwitter Avenue is named after Frederick Schwitter, the prominent dairy farmer. His second mansion, which later became the borough municipal building, was located near Schwitter Avenue.