maps from different eras of Pittsburgh's history tells us a lot about
when, how, and why the different neighborhoods grew as they did.
the "Look for Clues" questions about each map you've been
given, then with the rest of your group "Compare the Maps."
I. Look for clues
What the date of
What kind of map
Trace the city
borders with pencil.
Where do you see
any interesting "lumps" or changes in the city border?
Why do you think
they are there?
List any waterways
or bodies of water (rivers, lakes, streams, reservoirs, etc.) Put
a check mark beside waterways that are man-made or altered.
18th century arrangement for new towns was to arrange streets
around a central square where a market or courthouse would be
located--a logical place for people to gather.
towns would just lay out streets in an even grid with streets
running east-west crossing streets going north-south.
typical town planning scheme was to line streets parallel and
perpendicular to a waterfront.
- Which plan was most
common in our region?
Divide the map
into "city" or "town(s)" and "suburbs."
What clues did you use to decide what was city and what was suburb?
Divide the suburbs
into northern, eastern, southern, and western.
- Which suburbs
look the most prestigious?
- What clues does
the map give about the prosperity of the neighborhoods?
- What transportation
systems exist on this map?
- What evidence
of those systems do you see on the map?
Where do different
means of transportation (railroads, highways, canals, etc.) share
the same corridors? In what direction do these corridors run? Why?
- What place names
do you find repeated again and again?
with "Part II: Compare the Maps"
Adapted from material created by Susan Donley for Pittsburgh History
and Landmarks Foundation. Used by permission.