Big Beaver Township, 1872, Hopkins
Big Beaver Township
This map is a steel plate engraving dating to 1872 by the prominent American mapmaker G.M. Hopkins. It depicts the township formerly known as Big Beaver. It was established in 1802 when South Beaver Township was divided into Little Beaver to the west and Big Beaver to the east. The township is bordered by Beaver River on the eastern side. It was one of the original townships of Lawrence County, until it was renamed New Beaver Borough in 1959. Newport is a town in the township that was first settled by Conrad Coon. Wampum is also another town, and was named for the Native Americans in the area who wore Wampum belts. Lawrence County has a long history leading up to its formation. When people started settling in the area of Lawrence County, it was part of Allegheny County. On March 12, 1800, two new counties were formed from part of Allegheny: Beaver and Mercer. It took several years for a new county to be approved, but Lawrence County was eventually formed from parts of Beaver and Mercer Counties in 1849 due to the rapid growth of New Castle. The county was named after Captain James Lawrence, a naval officer during the War of 1812 who did not "give up the ship."
This stunning map has original hand coloring in shades of orange, pink, yellow and green. This particular map comes from Hopkins' Atlas of the County of Lawrence and the State of Pennsylvania. The map is single paged, and was published by G.M. Hopkins at 320 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, in 1872.
- Jenna Hovis
Plate size: 12.5" x 14.25"
Condition: Some foxing, great condition otherwise