The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update


June 22, 2013

Jim Bailey: Where did Anderson’s street names come from anyway?


Falls Court, a one-block street near Anderson University, comes from the Glenn Falls family, which built the first house on the street. Many such families are so remembered by such localities as Vinyard Street in North Anderson (hence the absence of “e” in Vinyard) and VanBuskirk Road.

College Drive and University Boulevard obviously signify their proximity to Anderson University (formerly Anderson College). Landmarks often lend their names to streets, for instance Hillcrest Drive on the east side, Golf Club Road in Edgewood and School Street in North Anderson.

On occasion streets receive new names. Postal Service authorities naturally abhor the red tape involved when this happens. It has been decades since Broadway replaced Baldwin Avenue, the name of a former mayor. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard replaced Pendleton Avenue (which, of course, was the route to Pendleton) and Rev. J.T. Menifee Street honored a longtime minister and civic leader, replacing Louise Street.

Which brings up a logical question: Who was this Louise (pronounced Lou-EYES) whose memory now is lost forever to Anderson history?

Jim Bailey’s reflections on Anderson’s past appear on Sunday. His regular column appears on Wednesday. He can be reached by e-mail at

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