Saw Mill Run Boulevard

An Esso Service Station at the intersection of Colerain,
 Nobels Lane and Saw Mill Run Boulevard in 1936.
 The intersection of Saw Mill Run and Whited Street
 is visible to the left.
An Esso Service Station at the intersection of Colerain, Nobels Lane and Saw Mill Run Boulevard in 1936.

A great place to view vintage photos of Pittsburgh and it's many communities is through the University of Pittsburgh online digital archive. There are over 300 photos of Brookline, and most of them have been used on this website. There is also a zoom feature, which allows a more detailed glimpse of different locations in each photo. Shown here are the zoom-ins of images already posted on the Brookline Connection. One master photo can be made into multiple separate images. Shown here are the pictures within the pictures.

Saw Mill Run Boulevard was created in 1929, part of the previous year's "City Beautiful" Bond Issue. This initiative saw the creation of several highways around the city that linked major local roadways. Prior to Saw Mill Run Boulevard, a trip along the Saw Mill Run corridor involved traveling on a series of connecting streets from Overbrook (Fairhaven) through to the West End. Built in three stages, the new South Hills highway was completed through to Banksville Road in 1930, and extended to the West End in 1954. Today, Saw Mill Run Boulevard is one of the major roadways in the South Hills, and one Brookline residents are quite familiar with.

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The Saw Mill Run corridor, near Timberland
Avenue and Bausman Street, in 1909.    The intersection of Saw Mill Run and Library Road,
in Fairhaven (Overbrook) in 1909. At this time, the
roadway from this point through to Whited Street
was known as the Library Road Extension.
The Saw Mill Run corridor near Timberland Avenue and Bausman Street in 1909 (left). This section of the roadway was
then known as Kaiser Avenue. Visible is the line of the Pittsburgh and Castle Shannon Railroad on the far hillside.
On the right is a view of the intersection of Library Road and Saw Mill Run, in Fairhaven (Overbrook) in 1909.
The roadway from this point through to Whited Street was then known as the Library Road Extension

 

A new culvert built at the lower
end of Bausman Street in 1909.    A view from Bausman Street of a field below the
West Side Belt Railroad tracks, near Timberland
Avenue. This is where the steakhouse is today.
A new drainage culvert at the lower end of Bausman Street (left), and an open field across the street along Saw Mill Run,
below the West Side Belt Railway tracks. The photo on the right shows where Misaki's Restaurant is located today.

 

Drainage culvert at the lower
end of Bausman Street in 1909.    Drainage culvert at the lower
end of Bausman Street in 1909.
Two photos of the drainage culvert built in 1909 at the lower end of Bausman Street.

 

The Bausman Street Tressel as seen
from Timberland Avenue in 1917.    Homes along Saw Mill Run, near the present-day
intersection with the Liberty Tunnels, in 1917.
A view of the Bausman Street Tressel, as seen from Timberland Avenue (left), and homes along
Saw Mill Run, near the present-day intersection with the Liberty Tunnels, in 1917.

 

The Bausman Street Tressel as seen
from Timberland Avenue in 1918.    The intersection of Warrington Avenue
and Saw Mill Run in 1918. At the time
Warrington Avenue went all the way to
the intersection of West Liberty Avenue.
Some old maps have Warrington Avenue
going all the way to Edgebrook Avenue.
The Bausman Street Tressel (left), and the intersection of Warrington Avenue and Saw Mill Run (right), in 1918.
At the time Warrington extended to West Liberty Avenue. Some maps have it extending through to Edgebrook Avenue.

 

A home at the intersection of Saw Mill Run
and Warrington Avenue in 1918.    The intersection of West Liberty Avenue
and Saw Mill Run in 1925.
A home at the corner of Warrington Avenue and Saw Mill Run in 1918 (left), and the intersection of
West Liberty Avenue and Saw Mill Run, showing homes above along Richter Street, in 1925.

 

Looking from West Liberty Avenue towards Warrington
in 1925, showing the old Bell House Tavern to the left.    A home along Saw Mill Run near the intersection with
Bausman Avenue in 1925, near today's Misaki restaurant.
A view from West Liberty Avenue to Warrington Avenue in 1925 (left). Visible is the old Bell House Tavern, which
was built in 1850. To the right is a home along Saw Mill Run, near the intersection with Bausman Street.

 

A steam shovel near the Green and Evans Lumber Company
along Saw Mill Run, near West Liberty Avenue, in 1925.    A Pittsburgh and West Virginia Railroad train moves
along the West Side Belt tracks along Saw Mill Run
between West Liberty Avenue and Timberland in 1925.
A steam shovel in front of Green and Evans Lumber Company, near the West Liberty Avenue intersection, in 1925 (left);
At right, a P&WVRR train passes along Saw Mill Run, between West Liberty Avenue and Timberland, in 1925.

 

New sewer pipes along Saw Mill Run,
across from Bausman Street, in 1925.    New sewer pipes along Saw Mill Run,
across from Bausman Street, in 1925.
New sewer pipes stand ready to be installed along Saw Mill Run in 1925. This field is across from Bausman Street.

 

New sewer pipes along Saw Mill Run,
across from Bausman Street, in 1925.    New sewer pipes along Saw Mill Run,
across from Bausman Street, in 1925.
The pipes were manufactured on site.
Sewer pipes, ready to be installed along Saw Mill Run, in 1925. The pipes were manufactured onsite (right).

 

Green and Evans Lumber Company in 1925.    A view from West Liberty Avenue
towards Warrington Avenue in 1925.
The Green and Evans Lumber Company (left), and a view from West Liberty Avenue towards Warrington Avenue, in 1925.

 

Saw Mill Run Boulevard and Library Road in 1929.    Saw Mill Run Boulevard and Library Road in 1929.
Construction of the intersection of Saw Mill Run Boulevard and Library Road in 1929. This is a six-street junction,
merging Stewart and Hillview Avenues, Glenbury and Ivyglen Streets, and Library Road with Saw Mill Run Boulevard.

 

Saw Mill Run Boulevard, near Library Road, in 1930.    Library Road, near Saw Mill Run Boulevard, in 1930.
Saw Mill Run Boulevard, near Library Road (left), and Library Road, near Saw Mill Run, in 1930.

 

The intersection of Saw Mill Run Boulevard
and Library Road in 1930.    The intersection of Saw Mill Run Boulevard
and Library Road in 1933.
The intersection of Saw Mill Run Boulevard and Library Road in 1930 (left) and 1933 (right).

 

A car being serviced at the
Saw Mill Run Garage in 1934.    The P&WVRR tracks and the Pittsburgh Railways
streetcar tracks along the Saw Mill Run Corridor
as seen from near Overbrook School in 1934.
A car being serviced at the Saw Mill Run Garage (left), and a view of the P&WVRR tracks and the Pittsburgh
Railways streetcar line along the Saw Mill Run Corridor, as seen from near Overbrook School, in 1934.

 

An Amoco service station at the Whited
Street/Saw Mill Run intersection in 1934.    The Esso service station at the Colerain
Street/Saw Mill Run intersection in 1934.
An Amoco station next to Whited Street (left), and an Esso station next to Colerain Street, in 1934.

 

The rear of Overbrook School showing the bridge
over the creek to the Overbrook streetcar stop.    The Overbrook VFW Post, with the streetcar,
tracks in the background, in 1934.
A view of the back of Overbrook School, showing the bridge over Saw Mill Run Creek to the Overbrook streetcar
stop (left), and the Overbrook VFW Post, showing the streetcar line in the background, in 1934.

 

The Pittsburgh Railways streetcar line and the P&WVRR
tracks along the Saw Mill Run corridor in 1934.
The Pittsburgh Railways streetcar line, and the P&WVRR tracks along the Saw Mill Run corridor, in 1934.

 

A busy day at the Esso service station at
Saw Mill Run and Nobels Lane in 1936.    A view of Saw Mill Run Boulevard at Maytide
Street looking towards Library Road in 1936.
A busy day at the Esso service station, located at the corner of Saw Mill Run Boulevard and Nobels Lane (left),
and a view of Saw Mill Run Boulevard from Maytide Street looking towards Library Road, in 1936.

 

The intersection of Maytide and Saw Mill Run in 1936.    The Overbrook Firehouse across from Maytide Street in 1936.
The intersection of Saw Mill Run Boulevard and Maytide Street (left), and the Overbrook Firehouse, in 1936.

 

Looking towards the Whited Street intersection in 1936.    A girl stands on the sidewalk between Overbrook
Boulevard and Maytide Street in 1936.
Looking towards the Whited Street intersection (left), and a girl standing near the corner of Maytide Street, in 1936.

 

Activity at the Overbrook Firehouse in 1936.    The Overbrook Market in 1936.
Activity at the Overbrook Firehouse (left), and the Overbrook Market (right), in 1936.

 

A woman crosses the street at Overbrook Boulevard in 1936.    Two men cross the street at Overbrook Boulevard in 1936.
Pedestrians crossing Saw Mill Run Boulevard, at the intersection with Overbrook Boulevard, in 1936.

 

A pedestrian waits for car traffic to pass
before crossing near Maytide Street in 1936.
A pedestrian waits for traffic to pass before crossing Saw Mill Run Boulevard at Maytide Street in 1936.

 

A building at the corner of Nobels
Lane and Colerain Street in 1936.    The intersection of Nobels Lane and
Colerain Street in 1936.
Buildings at the intersection of Nobels Lane and Colerain Street in 1936.

 

A traffic island full of signs at the intersection
of Saw Mill Run and Nobels Lane in 1938.    Looking towards the Whited Street intersection in 1938.
A traffic island with many signposts (left), and a view towards the Whited Street intersection, in 1938.

 

Fairview School, also called Overbrook School No.1,
located along Hillview Avenue, in 1940.
Fairview School was built in 1907, at the corner of Hillview Avenue and Kingwood Street, in Fairhaven. It was renamed
Overbrook School No. 1 in 1930. Fairview School was closed in 1974 and the building razed in 1976.

 

Fred's Auto Sales in Overbrook in 1949.    A Schneiders Dairy truck drives through flood
waters near the Library Road intersection in 1950.
Fred's Auto Sales in Overbrook in 1949 (left), and a Schneiders Dairy truck in flood waters near Library Road in 1950.

 

A view near Library Road after the
Thanksgiving Day Blizzard of 1950.    A view near Library Road after the
Thanksgiving Day Blizzard of 1950.
Saw Mill Run Boulevard, near the Library Road intersection, after the Thanksgiving Day Blizzard of 1950.

 

Men push an automobile through the snow after
the Thanksgiving Day Blizzard of 1950.    Cars drive through flood waters near the
Library Road intersection in 1956.
Men push an automobile stuck in the snow after the Blizzard of 1950 (left), and cars driving through flood waters, in 1956.
Flooding has always been a problem at the Library Road intersection and along the Saw Mill Run corridor.

 

The West End in 1954.    Saw Mill Run Boulevard (the West End Bypass)
during construction in 1954.
A view of Saw Mill Run Boulevard (the West End Bypass) near it's terminus at the West End in 1954.

 

Saw Mill Run Boulevard at the Fort Pitt
Tunnel/Parkway West exchange in 1957.    Homes along Saw Mill Run near the Fort Pitt
Tunnel/Parkway West exchange in 1957.
Saw Mill Run Boulevard at the Fort Pitt Tunnels/Parkway West exchange (left), and a group of homes
nestled beneath the Mount Washington hillside near the interchange, in 1957.

 

Looking towards the Whited Street
intersection and the Oak Viaduct.
Looking towards the Whited Street intersection and the Oak Viaduct in 1960.

 

President John F. Kennedy passes along Route 51 near the
intersection with Glenbury Street in October 1962.
President John F. Kennedy and his motorcade pass along Route 51 near the intersection with Glenbury Street
on October 12 1962. This photo was taken only three days before the start of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

 

Traffic at the Stewart Avenue intersection in 1964.    The Gulf station at Stewart Avenue in 1964.
Traffic at the Stewart Avenue intersection (left), and the Gulf service station that stood at that location, in 1964.
Stewart is the official terminus of Saw Mill Run Boulevard. From this point on it is refered to as Clairton Boulevard.

 

The Gulf station at Stewart Avenue in 1964.    The Gulf station at Stewart Avenue in 1964.
The Gulf service station at the Stewart Avenue intersection in 1964. Long gone are the days of 23 cent gasoline!

 

Mensingers Stone Quarry at West Liberty Avenue in 1913.
This is near the spot where the Liberty Tunnels were cut.    A slag train ready to pour it's lava-like cargo over
the hillside near the present-day Century III mall.
Mensingers Stone Quarry (left), near West Liberty Avenue, in 1913. This is the spot where the Liberty Tunnels were cut;
A slag train (right) prepares to dump it's lava-like cargo at
Brown's Dump near present-day Century III Mall.

 

The Esso service station at Nobels Lane in 1938.
The Oak Viaduct next to the Esso service station, at Nobels Lane and Saw Mill Run Boulevard, in 1938. The bridge
was built in the 1870s for the Pittsburgh & Castle Shannon Railroad, then in the early 1900s was reconditioned
for streetcar traffic. The bridge was replaced in the early-2000s for use by the "T" light rail system.

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