Hopkins' Map of Pittsburgh's Fourteenth Ward, 1872
Pittsburgh's Fourteenth Ward
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 Fourteenth Ward of Pittsburgh, then defined by Aliquippa Street to the north, Boundary Street to the south, the Monongahela River to the west and Neville Street to the east. The township of Oakland makes up this portion of the Fourteenth Ward, and was annexed by the City of Pittsburgh in 1868. The area was named for an abundance of oak trees found on the farm of William Eichenbaum, who settled there in 1840. 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 Fourteenth Ward was renamed the Fourth 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 blue 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: 17" x 15"
Condition: Some staining, great condition otherwise