Hopkins' Map of Pittsburgh's First Ward, 1872
Pittsburgh's First 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 First Ward of Pittsburgh, then defined by the Allegheny River to the north, the Monongahela River to the west and Wood Street to the east. Today, the First Ward is still part of Pittsburgh's new First Ward, and was combined with the the former Second and Sixth Wards. The area known as "The Point" makes up this ward, and is where the three rivers of Pittsburgh meet. 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 City 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 and green. This particular map comes from G.M. 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: 14.25" x 16.5"
Condition: Some foxing, great condition otherwise