Hopkins' Map of Pittsburgh's Fifteenth Ward, 1872
G.M. Hopkins' Map of Pittsburgh's Fifteenth Ward, 1872
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 Fifteenth Ward of Pittsburgh, then defined by the Allegheny River to the north, Penn Avenue to the south, Taylor or 31st Street to the west and Covington or 40th Street to the east. McCullough's Island was also included in the ward. Today, the Fifteenth Ward makes up part of Pittsburgh's Sixth Ward. 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 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. The Fifteenth Ward was combined with parts of the old Twelfth, Thirteenth and Sixteenth Wards after the annexation took effect in 1907.
This stunning map has original hand coloring in shades of pink 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: 23.25" x 16.5"
Sheet size: 25.875" x 17.375"
Condition: Minor foxing around the crease and edges, small tear in the center, great condition otherwise