Hopkins' Map of Pittsburgh's Fifth, Seventh and Eighth Wards, 1872
G.M. Hopkins' Map of Pittsburgh's Fifth, Seventh and Eighth Wards, 1872
This hand colored map is a steel plate engraving dating to 1872 by the legendary American mapmaker G.M. Hopkins. It depicts what used to be the Fifth, Seventh and Eighth Wards of Pittsburgh, then defined by Faber Street to the north, Fifth Avenue to the south, Grant Street to the west, and Gum and Vine Streets to the east. Today, the Fifth Ward makes up part of Pittsburgh's new Second Ward. The Seventh and Eighth Wards make up part of Pittsburgh's Third 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.
This stunning map has original hand coloring in shades of pink, green and yellow. This particular map comes from G.M. 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
Sheet size: 21.5" x 17.5"
Condition: Some minor spots, otherwise excellent condition