Hopkins' Plan of the Boroughs of Birmingham and East Birmingham, 1872
Plan of the Boroughs of Birmingham and East Birmingham, 1872
This hand colored map is a steel plate engraving dating to 1872 by the legendary American mapmaker G.M. Hopkins. It depicts the borough of Birmingham, then defined by the Monongahela River to the north, Manor Street to the south, Sixth Street to the west and Seventeenth Street to the east. It also depicts the borough of East Birmingham, then defined the Monongahela River to the north, Josephine Street to the south, Seventeenth Street to the west and Twenty-Seventh Street to the east. In 1763, King George III gifted John Ormsby an area of land along the Monongahela River in return for his services during the French and Indian War. The land was divided into four boroughs: South Pittsburgh, Birmingham, East Birmingham and Ormsby. The four boroughs were annexed by Pittsburgh in 1872 and are collectively known as the South Side today.
This stunning map has original hand coloring in shades of blue, 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: 33.5" x 16.25"
Sheet size: 35.5" x 17.25"
Condition: Minor foxing, excellent condition otherwise