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Hopkins' Map of Elizabeth and Forward, 1876

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Elizabeth and Forward, 1876

This hand colored map is a steel plate engraving dating to 1876 by the prominent American mapmaker G.M. Hopkins.  On one side, it depicts the borough of Elizabeth, located along the Monongahela River.  In 1787, Elizabeth (formerly Elizabeth Town) was founded by Samuel Mackay, Colonel Stephen Bayard and his wife Elizabeth Mackay Bayard (for whom the town was named).  In the year following, Elizabeth became one of the first seven townships in Allegheny County.  In 1834, Elizabeth was incorporated as a borough and in 1869, Forward and Lincoln Townships were separated from Elizabeth Township.  On the reverse side, Forward Township is depicted, which is located along the Monongahela River.  It was named after Walter Forward, the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury from 1841 to 1843.  Elizabeth Borough and Forward Township are constituents of Allegheny County, which was created in 1788.  By 1800, the county's current boundaries were defined.

This stunning map has original hand coloring in shades of green and yellow.  This particular map comes from Hopkins' Atlas of the County of Allegheny, Pennsylvania.  This original antique map is single paged, as issued.  Published by G.M. Hopkins at 320 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, in 1876.

Jenna Hovis

Plate size: 13" x 15.5"

Sheet size: 14" x 17.25"

Condition: Minor foxing, excellent condition otherwise

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