Hopkins' Map of Pittsburgh's Sixteenth Ward, 1872
G.M. Hopkins' Map of Pittsburgh's Sixteenth Ward, 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 Sixteenth Ward of Pittsburgh, then defined by Penn Avenue to the north, the Pennsylvania Railroad to the south, 31st Street to the west and Pearl Street to the east. Today, the Sixteenth Ward makes up parts of Pittsburgh's new Sixth, Ninth and Eighth Wards. 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 old Sixth Ward was split after the annexation took effect in 1907.
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 double paged, as issued. Published by G.M. Hopkins at 320 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, in 1872.
- Jenna Hovis
Plate size: 28.25" x 16.25"
Sheet size: 29" 17.25"
Condition: Minor foxing, excellent condition otherwise