I love history! I love old stuff! I love old maps! I love looking at old things!
So when @Goob tweeted this link to “Old Maps Online,” I got sucked into a wormhole for several hours looking at maps of Pittsburgh from the late 1700s and 1800s. Click the pics for embiggens and click the links to go to the maps to explore them for yourself.
Here’s Pittsburgh in 1796 (Composite of) A General Map Of The River Ohio, From its source to its mounth (sic). I love how the cartographer indicates all along the river where it becomes dangerous. I wish he would have written, “Here be dragons.” I’ve also circled where the buried treasure is. DIBS!
Also, it looks like McKeesport comes from M. Kee’s Port. Who knew?!
Pittsburg in 1812 View of the Country round Pittsburg. Drawn by J. Melish. J. Vallance F.S.A. sculpt:
Pittsburgh in 1877 Upper Ohio River and Valley part I from Pittsburgh, with railroads now on the map, including Lawrenceville Station:
Here’s Pittsburgh in 1872 Map of the cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny and the adjoining boroughs. Love that all the streets are named including the bridges! Click for the embiggen, but then also go look at this map and hunt around. Bridges I see are the Hand St. Bridge, Allegheny Suspension Bridge, the Mechanic Street Bridge, and the Monongahela Suspension Bridge. Birmingham Bridge too!
Here’s Pittsburg in 1895 General topographical map. Sheet V. Julius Bien & Co., Lith., N.Y.
I love it all! I like how some of the towns in that one are possessive. Larimer’s. Irwin’s. Stewart’s.
Now I’m off to see about that buried treasure at the bottom of the Mon. Who wants to be my Goonies?