Hopkins' Map of Pittsburgh's Twentieth Ward, 1872
G.M. Hopkins' Map of Pittsburgh's Twentieth 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 Twentieth Ward of Pittsburgh, then defined by Penn Avenue to the north, Fifth Avenue to the south and Neville Street to the west. This ward encompasses the area of Shadyside. Today, the Twentieth Ward makes up part of the new Seventh 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 Twentieth Ward was split along Centre Avenue after the annexation took effect in 1907.
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 single paged, as issued. Published by G.M. Hopkins at 320 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, in 1872.
- Jenna Hovis
Plate size: 16.5" x 14.25"
Sheet size: 17.25" x 15.25"
Condition: Some minor foxing in the left corner, excellent condition otherwise