Birmingham Borough
Birmingham Borough is located in Pennsylvania
Birmingham Borough
Birmingham Borough
Location within the state of Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°25′44″N 79°59′13″W / 40.429°N 79.987°W / 40.429; -79.987Coordinates: 40°25′44″N 79°59′13″W / 40.429°N 79.987°W / 40.429; -79.987
CountryUnited States
Incorporated (borough)10 April 1826
Founded byNathaniel Bedford
Named forBirmingham, England
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)

Birmingham was a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, on the South Side of what is now Pittsburgh. Incorporated in 1826 from St. Clair Township,[1] the borough comprised a section of the South Side Flats between what is now South 6th and South 17th Streets.

Birmingham was laid out in 1811 by Dr. Nathaniel Bedford, son-in-law of John Ormsby. Bedford named the settlement after his native city, Birmingham in England.[2]

Birmingham became flanked by the boroughs of South Pittsburgh (created 1848) on the west and East Birmingham (1849) on the east.[3] Those three and other nearby boroughs were merged into Pittsburgh in 1872.[1]

The namesake Birmingham Bridge is actually located at the former East Birmingham.


  1. ^ a b Negley, W. B. (1876). "Allegheny County; its Formation, its Cities, Wards, Boroughs and Townships". Atlas of the County of Allegheny, Penna. Philadelphia: G.M. Hopkins & Co. p. 4.
  2. ^ Boehmig, Stuart P. (2006). Pittsburgh's South Side. Arcadia Publishing. p. 7. ISBN 0-7385-3939-2.
  3. ^ "Map of the cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the adjoining boroughs" (Map). Atlas of the cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the adjoining boroughs. Philadelphia: G.M. Hopkins & Co. 1872. pp. 12–13.