Hopkins' Map of Pittsburgh's Ninth and Tenth Wards, 1872
Pittsburgh's Ninth and Tenth Wards, 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 Ninth Ward of Pittsburgh to the left, then defined by the Allegheny River to the north, Poplar Street to the south, Eleventh Street to the west and Fifteenth Street to the east. It also depicts the Tenth Ward of Pittsburgh to the right, then defined by the Allegheny River to the north, Arch Street to the south, Fifteenth Street to the west and Nineteenth Street to the east. 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 Ninth and Tenth Wards were combined after the annexation took effect in 1907 to create Pittsburgh's new Second Ward. 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 yellow, 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: 20" x 16.25"
Condition: Foxing along the crease, great condition otherwise