Hopkins' Map of Pittsburgh's Twenty-First Ward, 1872
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Hopkins' Map of Pittsburgh's Twenty-First Ward, 1872

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G.M. Hopkins' Map of Pittsburgh's Twenty-First 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 Twenty-First Ward of Pittsburgh, then defined by the Allegheny River to the north, Penn Avenue to the south, Negley's Run to the west and the City Line to the east.  Today, the old Twenty-First Ward makes up Pittsburgh's new Twelfth 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.  The Twenty-First Ward was split after the annexation took effect in 1907, with the majority being renamed the Twelfth Ward and a small portion to the southeast becoming part of the Thirteenth Ward of Pittsburgh.

This stunning map has original hand coloring in shades of pink, green, blue, orange and yellow.  This particular map comes from Hopkins' Atlas of 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"

Sheet size: 15.25" x 17.25"

Condition: One spot of smeared ink, great condition otherwise 


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