Hopkins' Map of North Versailles and South Versailles, 1876
North Versailles and South Versailles, 1876
This hand colored map is a steel plate engraving dating to 1876 by the legendary American mapmaker G.M. Hopkins. On one side the township of North Versailles is depicted, located along the Monongahela River. It was formed in 1869 when the original Versailles Township was divided into North and South Versailles. Versailles Township was one of the seven original townships of Allegheny County when it was created in 1788. By 1800, Allegheny County's current borders were defined. An insert of Port Perry is also included, which was an early village near the mouth of Turtle Creek and on the Monongahela River. On the reverse side, the township of South Versailles is depicted, located along the Monongahela and Youghiougheny Rivers. Walls Station is also portrayed, and is located in Wall, along Turtle Creek. Wall is located at the farm site purchased by James Walls in 1849. The property was passed to his sons, Henry and John Walls. A station on the Pennsylvania Railroad was opened in the 1840s and was named 'Walls Station,' after the Walls family. Henry and John sold the land to their cousin, Francis Wall, a steamboat engineer and the man who developed the area around the train station. Francis Wall is considered to be the founder of Wall.
This stunning map has original hand coloring in shades of pink 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: 12.25" x 15.25"
Sheet size: 14" x 17.5"
Condition: Some staining along the edges, great condition otherwise