Hopkins' Map of Allegheny City's Fifth Ward, 1872
G.M. Hopkins' Map of Allegheny City's Fifth Ward, 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 Fifth Ward of Allegheny City, then defined by Locust Street to the north, South Avenue to the south, the Ohio River to the west and Allegheny Avenue to the east. Today, the Fifth Ward of Allegheny City makes up the lower portion of Pittsburgh's Twenty-First Ward. 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 Fifth Ward was combined with the old Sixth Ward to make Pittsburgh's new Twenty-First Ward after the annexation took effect in 1907.
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: 19" x 16.75"
Sheet size: 21.25" x 17.5"