This small park is named after Private Patrick J. Devanney (1889-1918), a Bronx native who enlisted with Company E of the U.S. Army’s 808th Infantry Regiment at the start of WWI. Private Devanney died on October 3, 1918 from wounds inflicted in battle, just seven weeks before the end of the war.
Devanney Triangle rests in the historic central Bronx neighborhood of Tremont, encompassing the smaller communities of Claremont, Mount Eden, and Mount Hope. The area was farmland in 1841, when the New York and Harlem Railroad opened a station that soon became the center of a village. In the 1850s, the village postmaster, Hiram Tarbox, named the town Tremont after the three prominent hills in the area – Fairmount, Mount Eden, and Mount Hope.