Hopkins' Map of Allegheny City's Eighth Ward and Homestead, 1872
G.M. Hopkins' Map of Allegheny City's Eighth Ward and Homestead, 1872
This hand colored map is a steel plate engraving dating to 1872 by the legendary American mapmaker G.M. Hopkins. It depicts what used to be the Eighth Ward of Allegheny City, then defined by Troy Hill Road to the north, the Allegheny River to the south, Butcher's Run to the west and bordering the borough of Millvale to the east. Today, the Eighth Ward of Allegheny City makes up the lower portion of Pittsburgh's Twenty-Fourth Ward, including Herr's Island. Allegheny City was laid out in 1788 following a plan made by John Redick. The lots in the plan were sold by the state government or given to Revolutionary War veterans. It was incorporated as a borough in 1828 and as a city in 1840. In 1906, Allegheny City was absorbed by Pittsburgh. Both old ward systems were discarded and a new 27 ward system was instated to incorporate the newly annexed area. Allegheny City became Wards 21 through 27, and is known today as the North Side of Pittsburgh. The Eighth Ward was combined with the old Thirteenth, Seventh and part of the Twelfth Wards to make Pittsburgh's new Twenty-Fourth Ward after the annexation went into effect in 1907. An insert of a slice of Homestead, another borough in Allegheny County, is included as well. The area depicted is part of The Waterfront.
This stunning map has original hand coloring in shades of green and pink. This particular map comes from Hopkins' Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs. This original antique map is double paged, as issued. Published by G.M. Hopkins at 320 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, in 1872.
- Jenna Hovis
Plate size: 23" x 16.25"
Sheet size: 25.75" x 17.5"
Condition: Minor foxing, excellent condition otherwise