Street Name Queries
- From: jweintraub@xxxxxxx (Joel Weintraub)
- Date: 18 Dec 2008 08:36:32 -0800
Periodically genners ask about street names in large cities. A recent post yesterday tried to locate Thourlan St in Philadelphia on a current map. The street name was found in an old document (it would be helpful to show the date of the document) but could not be found by googling. There are at least two reasons for such a problem. The street name was mangled, or the street name has been renamed or now resides under a housing development or similar large urban project.
One way of getting to the answer is to use our utilities on the stevemorse.org (One Step) site within the census folder. For our large city ED (Enumeration District) Finder, we transcribed all streets within all census districts. The list
of streets appears as a pull down box. One selects the year (1900 through 1940), state, and city, and then the list appears. In this way, all the streets starting
with the letter "T", for example, can be seen for a given time period. A look at the Philadelphia street name list for 1900 reveals one "Thouron" Street... close enough to be a possible match.
Besides the ED Finder utility, I maintain the street name change files on the website, and am always interested in adding more material to the various lists. A
look at our Street Name Changes in Philadelphia shows that Thouron Street is now Fairhill N. There are multiple street name sources shown on the One Step site for
Philadelphia, and also for many other cities in the United States. Both name changes and renumbering tables are shown on the site.
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