Hopkins' Map of Pittsburgh's Third Ward, 1872
Pittsburgh's Third 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 Third Ward of Pittsburgh, then defined by Eighth Avenue to the north, Diamond Street to the south, Market Street to the west and Grant Street to the east. Today, the Third 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. An insert is included of the 'Original Plan of Pittsburgh,' which was surveyed in 1784 by George Woods for John Penn, Senior and John Penn, Junior.
This stunning map has original hand coloring in shades of pink, green and yellow. 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 ink transfer, good condition otherwise