Hopkins' Map of Pittsburgh's Eighteenth and Nineteenth Wards, 1872
Pittsburgh's Eighteenth and Nineteenth Wards
This hand colored map is a steel plate engraving dating to 1872 by the prominent American mapmaker G.M. Hopkins. It depicts what used to be the Eighteenth Ward of Pittsburgh, then defined by the Allegheny River to the north and west, 51st Street to the south and Morningside Road to the east. It also depicts the old Nineteenth Ward, then defined by the Allegheny River to the north, Morningside Road to the west, Penn Avenue to the south and Negley's Run to the east. 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 and older parts of Pittsburgh. The Eighteenth Ward was renamed the Tenth Ward and the Ninteenth Ward was renamed the Eleventh Ward after the annexation took effect in 1907. The area of Pittsburgh was named by General John Forbes in 1758, after the British statesman William Pitt. Pittsburgh was incorporated as a township in 1771, as a borough in 1794, and chartered as a city in 1816.
This stunning map has original hand coloring in shades of pink, blue, orange, yellow and green. This particular map comes from Hopkins' Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs. This original antique map is single paged, as issued. Published by G.M. Hopkins at 320 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, in 1872.
- Jenna Hovis
Plate size: 16.5" x 14.5"
Condition: Minor foxing, great condition otherwise