Hopkins' Plan of Wildwood and Tarentum, 1876
Plan of Wildwood and Tarentum, 1876
This hand colored map is a steel plate engraving dating to 1876 by the legendary American mapmaker G.M. Hopkins. On one side, a Plan of Wildwood is depicted, along with Wildwood Park that is colored in green. Wildwood is part of Penn Township (modern-day Penn Hills Township), Allegheny County, located between Wildwood Station and Sandy Creek Station. Penn Township was renamed Penn Hills Township in 1958. The tract of land totaled 250 acres and was a desirable location for residences close to Pittsburgh. Today, Wildwood constitutes a portion of Sandy Creek, and is located along the Allegheny River and Allegheny River Boulevard. The Borough of Tarentum is depicted on the reverse side, then defined by a Boundary Line (outlined in pink) and the Allegheny River. The borough was an industrial center of plate glass and bottles, with an operation station for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Wildwood and Tarentum are constituents of Allegheny County, which was officially created in 1788. By 1800, the county's current borders were defined.
This stunning map has original hand coloring in shades of pink and green. This particular map comes from Hopkins' Atlas of the County of Allegheny, Pennsylvania. This original antique map is single paged, as issued. Published by G.M. Hopkins at 320 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, in 1876.
- Jenna Hovis
Plate size: 15.5" x 12.5"
Sheet size: 17.25" x 14.25"
Condition: Minor foxing, excellent condition otherwise