Hopkins' Map of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, 1872
The Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, 1872
This hand colored map is a steel plate engraving dating to 1872 by the legendary mapmaker G.M. Hopkins. It depicts the cities of Pittsburgh and Allegheny, as well as the surrounding boroughs. This exquisite and rare map portrays the old ward system that organized Pittsburgh and Allegheny City before the annexation occurred. 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. Allegheny City was laid out in 1788 following a plan made by John Redick. The lots in the plan were sold by the state government or given to Revolutionary War veterans. It was incorporated as a borough in 1828 and chartered as a city in 1840. 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 former wards of the City of Pittsburgh were reorganized, and became Wards 1 through 20. Allegheny City became Wards 21 through 27, and is known today as the North Side of Pittsburgh. The boroughs of South Side (South Pittsburgh, Birmingham, East Birmingham and Ormsby) were combined when they were annexed by Pittsburgh in 1872.
This stunning map has original hand coloring in shades of pink, green, orange and yellow. This particular map is named after the atlas from which it originates, 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: 27.75" x 16.5"
Condition: Some minor foxing and staining, great condition otherwise