Hopkins' Map of East Liberty, 1872
East Liberty, 1872
This hand colored map is a steel plate engraving dating to 1872 by the prominent American mapmaker G.M. Hopkins. It depicts the neighborhood of East Liberty, which was made of Pittsburgh's former Nineteenth, Twentieth and Twenty-First Wards. East Liberty was annexed by Pittsburgh in 1868 and soon became a thriving commercial center. Due to the decision to remake the street plan and an addition of large housing complexes in the 1960s, East Liberty suffered an economic downturn. In recent years, there has been a revival of the economy and it is an up and coming neighborhood in Pittsburgh once again. In 1906, Allegheny City was absorbed by Pittsburgh. Both old ward systems were discarded and a new 27 ward system was devised to incorporate the newly annexed Allegheny City and older parts of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh was incorporated as a township in 1771, as a borough in 1794, and chartered as a city in 1816. After the annexation took effect in 1907, the Nineteenth Ward became the Eleventh, the Twentieth Ward became the Seventh and Eighth, and the Twenty-First Ward became the Twelfth.
This stunning ma has original hand coloring in shades of pink, blue, orange and green. 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: 27.5" x 17"
Sheet size: 29.25" x 17.25"
Condition: Some minor foxing, great condition otherwise