Hopkins' Map of Pittsburgh's Fourth Ward and the Boroughs of Monongahela and South Pittsburgh, 1872
Pittsburgh's Fourth Ward and the Boroughs of Monongahela and South Pittsburgh
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 Fourth Ward of Pittsburgh, then defined by the 'Alleghany' River to the north, Liberty Avenue to the south, Third Street to the west and Eleventh Street to the east. Today, the Fourth Ward makes up part of Pittsburgh's new Second 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 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. The boroughs of Monongahela and South Pittsburgh are also included on the map. South Pittsburgh was divided once Pittsburgh annexed the area in 1872. The eastern section now belongs to the South Side Flats, while the western section was combined with Monongahela Borough to make up part of the South Shore.
This stunning map has original hand coloring in shades of pink, green, blue and yellow. This particular map comes from Hopkins' Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs. This original antique map is double paged. Published by G.M. Hopkins at 320 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, in 1872.
- Jenna Hovis
Plate size: 20.5" x 16.5"
Sheet size: 22.25" x 17.25"
Condition: Minor foxing, excellent condition otherwise