Street names in Salem

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The streets in Salem are named for various people. Some Presidential connections are:

  • Cleveland Road is named for president Grover Cleveland
  • Buchanan Road is named for president James Buchanan
  • Hayes Road is named for Rutherford B. Hayes
  • Taft Road is named for William Howard Taft.
  • Monroe Street is named for James Monroe
  • Jefferson Ave. is named for Thomas Jefferson
  • McKinley Road is named for William McKinley
  • Fillmore Road is named for Millard Fillmore
  • Pierce Road is named for Franklin Pierce
  • Lincoln Road is named for Abraham Lincoln
  • Grant Road is named for Ulysses S. Grant
  • Tyler Road is named for James Tyler

And other street names:

  • Forrester Street is named for Capt. Simon Forrester, (Salem privateer)
  • Boardman Street was named for Capt. Francis Boardman
  • Briggs Street was named for ropemaker Thomas Briggs
  • Brown Street was named for Major William Browne (1639-1715/16)
  • Williams Street was named for Henry Williams, mariner
  • Pickman Street was named for Col. Benjamin Pickman
  • Oliver Street was named for Henry Kemble Oliver, a statesman who was also a mayor of Salem.
  • Webster Street was named for Peter E. Webster, merchant.
  • White Street is named for Capt. Joseph White
  • Skerry Street was laid out through land that formerly belonged to Francis Skerry, an early settler.
  • Collins Street and Collins Cover were named from Francis Collins, a 17th century carpenter.
  • Lemon Street was named for John Lemmon, a mariner.
  • Thorndike Street was named for attorney Larkin Thorndike
  • Cromwell Street was named for either Philip Cromwell or his son, John, both butchers in Colonial times.
  • March Street was named for Thomas March Woodbrige
  • Ames Street was named for Col. George Leonard Ames
  • Saunders Street was named for John Saunders, an 18th century merchant
  • Osgood Street is named for Capt. John Osgood (1757-1826)
  • Warner Street was named for Caleb Warner, silversmith and optician.
  • Rice Street was named for Andrew J. Rice, cobbler
  • Pierce Avenue was named for Jerathmeel Pierce, a prosperous merchant ship owner.
  • Waite Street was named for Aaron Waite
  • Lynde Street was named for Benjamin Lynde (chief justice of Mass.)
  • Norman Street was named for John Norman
  • English Street was named for Philip English, wealthy merchant.
  • Foster Street was named for Capt. Robert Foster
  • Leavitt Street is named for Dudley Leavitt, early Harvard-educated Congregational minister.
  • Walter Street is named for Rev. William Walter. The street was laid out in 1810 by his wife, Lydia Walter.
  • Felt Street was named after Capt. John Felt who was a key player in the event "Leslie's Retreat" in 1775.
  • Cressy Avenue was named after William Cressy.
  • Daniels Street is named after Captain Stephen Daniel, a 17th century mariner.
  • Carlton Street is named after colonel Samuel Carlton (Revolutionary War)
  • Blaney Street is named after Salem merchant Joseph Blaney.
  • Gardner Street is named for Capt. Jonathan Gardner.
  • Loring Avenue is named for Honorable George Bailey Loring
  • Lafayette Street is named for Marquis de Lafayette
  • Porter Street is named after Aaron Porter (currier)
  • Leavitt Street is named for Dudley Leavitt, an 18th century minister of the First Church.
  • Ropes Street is named for Samuel Ropes, a cordwainer.
  • Hancock Street is named for Gov. John Hancock (signer of the Declaration of Independence)

See Also

Vertical File in Salem Collection - Federal Street

Vertical File in Salem Collection - Salem Streets

"Ancient paths:Streets leading to Common have an interesting history"(letters to the editor) Salem News, Nov. 24, 2009, p. 6

"Around the Square:Brief history of Salem Common and neighboring streets"(letters to the editor) Salem News, Aug. 28, 2009, p. 6

"Will the real Willson please stand up?" Salem News, Mar. 4, 2010, p.11

"Salem's history reflected in its street names" Salem News, Feb. 6, 2008, p.9

"How Salem streets got their names" (letters to the editor) Salem News, Oct. 16, 2008 p. 5

"Salem is full of presidential streets" (letters to the editor) Salem News, Feb. 18, 2009, p. 6

"Bridge Street one of Salem's oldest thoroughfares" (letters to the editor) Salem News, Dec. 19, 2008, p. 8

"More to some street names than one would think" (letter to the editor) Salem News, Apr. 2, 2009, p. 7

"How streets on Bridge Street Neck got their names" (letters to the editor) Salem News, May 25, 2009, p. 4

"Salem's streets need more ship names" (letters to the editor) Salem News, July 14, 2009,p. 5

"Two Salem streets have connection to notorious murder case"(letters to the editor) Salem News, Jan. 15, 2010, p. 7

"Some unusual Salem street names have origins in London" (letters to the editor) Salem News, Mar. 1, 2010, p. 5

"A tale of two Downing Streets" (letters to the editor) Salem News, May 25, 2010, p. 8

"Old jail on former Prison Lane has new look and new purpose" (letters to the editor) Salem News, Nov. 26, 2010, p. 8

"Salem Church Street has interesting past" (letters to the editor) Salem News, Oct. 28, 2010, p. 6

"Crombie Street's namesake had an interesting career" (letters to the editor) Salem News, Aug. 13, 2010, p. 8

"Salem's Essex Street once known by other names" (letters to the editor) Salem News, Sept. 8, 2010, p. 11

"Federal Street has always been the heart of Salem's legal community" (letters to the editor) Salem News, Jan. 20, 2011, p. 7

"Merchant family gave its name to Salem Hodges Court" (letters to the editor) Salem News, Sept. 6, 2011, p. 12

"Street bears name of Salem's first blacksmith"(letters to the editor) (Curtis Street) Salem News, Dec. 14, 2011, p. 11

"Sewall Street home to fort, reservoir and today, Salem Y" (letters to the editor) Salem News, Feb. 23, 2011, p. 11

"Salem's Herbert Street was home to Hawthorne" (letters to the editor) Salem News, May 26, 2011, p. 8

"Salem's Union Street home to Hawthorne, future wife" (letters to the editor) Salem News, July 13, 2011, p. 4

"Hardy Street once the center of Salem's maritime district"(letters to the editor) Salem News, Feb. 15,2012, p.4

"Shipbuilding family's name lives on in Salem's street name"(Becket Street)(letters to the editor) Salem News, June 1, 2012, p. ?

"How Holyoke Square got its name"(letters to the editor) Salem News, Aug. 1, 2012, p.4

"Origins of 'destination' streets" (letters to the editor)Salem News, Aug. 23, 2012, p. 7

"Turner Street's most famous house didn't always have seven gables"(letters to the editor) Salem News, Mar. 26, 2012, p. 7

"How Liberty Hill was saved" (letters to the editor) Salem News, Sept. 7, 2012, p. 5

"How did Nursery and Orchard Streets get their names?" (letters to the editor) Salem News, Oct. 16, 2012, p.10

"Examining Salem's Franklin Street" (letters to the editor) Salem News, Nov. 27, 2012, p. 12

"Looking back at Salem's Mason Street"(letters to the editor) Salem News, Jan. 10, 2013, p. 7

"Robert Foster and Leslie's Retreat" (letters to the editor) Salem News, Feb. 20, 2013, p. 11

"Osborne Street's mechanic history" (letters to the editor) Salem News, Apr. 18, 2013, p. 7

"Kernwood was name of former estate" (letter to the editor) Salem News, July 10, 2013, p. 7

"Buffum's varied history" (letters to the editor) Salem News, July 30, 2013, p. 12

"Salem's storied School Street" (letters to the editor) Salem News, Aug. 26, 2013

"Taking a closer look at Dearborn Street" (letter to the editor) Salem News, Sept. 30, 2013

"The story behind Stodder Place" (letter to the editor) Salem News, Nov. 25, 2013

"A small street with an interesting history" (letter to the editor) Salem News, Feb. 4, 2014

"Remembering Leslie's Retreat" (letter to the editor) Salem News, Feb. 24, 2014

"Paradise on Grove Street" (letter to the editor) Salem News, Apr. 22, 2014

"The Story of Symonds Street" (letter to the editor) Salem News, July 21, 2014, p. 12

"Remembering Salem's Cressy" (letter to the editor) Salem News, Sept. 1, 2014

"Orne Street's farming history" (letter to the editor) Salem News, Oct. 16, 2014

"Influence of Front Street endures" (letter to the editor) Salem News, Nov. 23, 2014

"How Derby Street got its name" (letter to the editor) Salem News, Dec. 8, 2014

"Salem's Lynde Street has rich history" (letter to the editor) Salem News, Jan. 16, 2015, p. 6

"To walk down Daniels Street is to step back in time" (letter to the editor) Salem News, Feb. 23, 2015

"Broad Street an Avenue of firsts" (letter to the editor) Salem News, Mar. 30, 2015

"A Storied history of Salem's High Street" (letter to the editor) Salem News, Apr. 15, 2015

"Summer, Winter Streets home to Salem history" (letter to the editor) Salem News, May 18, 2015

"Salem's most unusual street [Charter St.]" (letter to the editor) Salem News, June 22, 2015

"The history of Salem's English Street" (letter to the editor) Salem News, July 14, 2015, p. 12

"Carlton Street's Revolutionary history" (letter to the editor) Salem News, Aug. 19, 2015

"Mysterious, historic Chestnut St." (letter to the editor) Salem News, Sept. 10, 2015

"Salem's center of business[Derby Square]" (letter to the editor) Salem News, Oct. 12, 2015

"Historic Blaney Street continues to evolve" (letter to the editor) Salem News, Nov. 10, 2015

"Norman Street: from shipyards to post office" (letter to the editor) Salem News, Dec. 16, 2015

"Howard Street had varied history" (letter to the editor) Salem News, Jan. 11, 2016

"Salem's connection to the Man in Black (Roslyn Street) (letter to the editor) Salem News, Feb. 17, 2016

"South Salem's flowery inspiration" (letter to the editor) Salem News, Mar. 22, 2016

"A special street and a unique store [Linden Street]" (letter to the editor) Salem News, Apr. 21, 2016

"Gardner's Street's varied history" (letters to the editor) Salem News, Apr. 23, 2016, p. 8

"How Clifton Street got its name" (letters to the editor) Salem News, June 21, 2016, p. 7

"The magic of Ocean Avenue" (letters to the editor) Salem News, July 23, 2016, p. 8

"Loring Avenue's storied history" (letters to the editor) Salem News, Aug. 24, 2016, p. 9

"Tiny Wisteria home to a lot of history" (letters to the editor) Salem News, Oct. 7, 2016, p. 15

"Lafayette Street's history impresses" (letters to the editor) Salem News, Nov. 10, 2016, p. 11

"The resilient history of Cedar Street" (letters to the editor) Salem News, Dec. 6, 2016, p. 9

"Cherry Street has a flavorful history" letters to the editor Salem News, Feb. 2, 2017, p.8

"At the peak of Salem (Summit Ave.)" (letters to the editor) Salem News, Mar. 8, 2017, p. 7

"Porter Street's modest beginnings" (letters to the editor) Salem News, April 19, 2017, p.11

"Try a local taste of heaven" (letters to the editor) Salem News, May 22, 2017, p. 15

"Ropes was home to many influential Salemites" (letters to the editor) Salem News, June 28, 2017, p. 9

"Hancock Street has a proud history" (letters to the editor) Salem News, July 18, 2017, p. 12

"Forest Avenue was home to 'a woman ahead of her time' Salem News, Aug. 31, 2017, p. 9