Hopkins' Map of Pittsburgh's Twelfth Ward, 1872
G.M. Hopkins' Map of Pittsburgh's Twelfth 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 Twelfth Ward of Pittsburgh, then defined by the Allegheny River to the north, Ridge Street to the south, Nineteenth Street to the west and 31st Street to the east. Today, the Twelfth Ward makes up part of Pittsburgh's Second Ward. In 1906, Allegheny City was absorbed by 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 Twelfth Ward was split along Twenty-Seventh Street, with the western portion belonging to the new Second Ward and the eastern portion to the Sixth Ward.
This stunning map has original hand coloring in shades of 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: 24.5" x 16.5"
Sheet size: 27.5" x 17.5"
Condition: Minor foxing, otherwise great condition