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Kirkwood is an inner-ring western suburb of St. Louis
St. Louis
located in St. Louis County, Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the city's population was 27,540.[7] Founded in 1853, the city is named after James P. Kirkwood, builder of the Pacific Railroad through that town. It was the first planned suburb located west of the Mississippi River.[8][9]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Traditions

2 Geography 3 Demographics

3.1 2010 census 3.2 2000 census

4 Crime 5 Transportation

5.1 Rail 5.2 Bus 5.3 Road

6 Education

6.1 Primary and secondary schools 6.2 Colleges and universities

7 Economy 8 Religious organizations 9 Notable people 10 References 11 External links

History[edit] Plans for a new community close to St. Louis
St. Louis
began following the St. Louis Fire (1849) and the 1849 cholera outbreak that killed a tenth of the residents of downtown St. Louis. Kirkwood was the first suburban municipality built outside of the St. Louis
St. Louis
City
City
boundaries. Hiram W. Leffingwell and Richard Smith Elliott bought land 14 miles (23 km) from downtown in 1850 at about the same time James P. Kirkwood was laying out a route for the Pacific Railroad. Kirkwood was platted in 1852, and named for James P. Kirkwood, chief engineer of the Missouri
Missouri
Pacific Railroad.[10] When the railroad reached the community in 1853, the developers sold lots for the Kirkwood Association. Other Leffingwell developments were to include the construction of Grand Avenue and the establishment of Forest Park.[11] The original town plat including quarter section blocks and families could be a block estate of 5 acres (20,000 m2). Deed restrictions prohibited industrial development. The train station of Richardsonian Romanesque
Richardsonian Romanesque
style was built in 1893. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places
(NRHP), it has become a symbol of the town. It is the only station stop that Amtrak makes in the St. Louis
St. Louis
metropolitan area outside the central city. Among the four other buildings in Kirkwood listed on the NRHP is a Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright
house in Ebsworth Park Foundation. In 1895 the Meramec Highlands resort was built on the bluffs above the Meramec River. Kirkwood won the Arbor Day
Arbor Day
Growth Award in 1993, 1997, 2003, and 2004. The city also won the America in Bloom 2007 Community Involvement Criteria Award. Traditions[edit] The Greentree Festival is held every September. The Greentree Festival has many things to do such as arts and crafts for kids and many different foods from many different cultures. Greentree has been a tradition for over 50 years. Since 1961, it has been held in Kirkwood Park. The festival consists of a parade and a fair held in Kirkwood park. The festival was originally created to replace the drought-stricken trees in the park. The Kirkwood High School Pioneers and Webster Groves Statesmen alternate as hosts of the annual Turkey Day Game, the longest-running football high school Thanksgiving Day rivalry west of the Mississippi. The 100th anniversary game was in 2007.[12] The winner of the Turkey Day Game receives the Frisco Bell, while the loser gets the Little Brown Jug. The Kirkwood Farmers' Market
Farmers' Market
was founded in 1976. It is an outdoor market that has a variety of homegrown vegetables and fruits. There are more than 300 local businesses that contribute to the market. The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum
The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum
in Kirkwood has become a popular family attraction for the region. Originally opened in 1979, the Museum receives over 500,000 visitors annually and has been visited by more than 10 million people since its opening.[13] The Museum's original house was built in 1901 and has undergone several renovations and expansions. The Magic House was ranked by Zagat as America's top travel destination based on child appeal.[14]

Kirkwood Historic District

Geography[edit] Kirkwood is located at 38°34′50″N 90°24′51″W / 38.58056°N 90.41417°W / 38.58056; -90.41417 (38.580652, -90.414289).[15] According to the United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.20 square miles (23.83 km2), of which, 9.16 square miles (23.72 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.[2] Demographics[edit]

Historical population

Census Pop.

1880 1,280

1890 1,777

38.8%

1900 2,825

59.0%

1910 4,171

47.6%

1920 4,422

6.0%

1930 9,169

107.3%

1940 12,132

32.3%

1950 18,640

53.6%

1960 29,421

57.8%

1970 31,679

7.7%

1980 27,739

−12.4%

1990 27,291

−1.6%

2000 27,324

0.1%

2010 27,540

0.8%

Est. 2016 27,609 [4] 0.3%

U.S. Decennial Census[16]

2010 census[edit] As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 27,540 people in Kirkwood, 11,894 households, and 7,327 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,006.6 inhabitants per square mile (1,160.9/km2). There were 12,895 housing units at an average density of 1,407.8 per square mile (543.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96% White, 2.0% African American, 0.5% Native American, 1% Asian, 0.5% another race. There were 11,894 households of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.4% were non-families. 33.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.97. The median age in the city was 42.6 years. 23.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.8% were from 25 to 44; 29.8% were from 45 to 64; and 17.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.0% male and 54.0% female. 2000 census[edit] In 2000 there were 11,763.5 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.5% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.3% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.98. In the city, the population was spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 84.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.4 males. The median income for a household in the city was $70,261, and the median income for a family was $89,219.[17] Males had a median income of $51,515 versus $36,235 for females. The per capita income for the city was $32,012. About 2.8% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over. Crime[edit]

Kirkwood City
City
Hall where the scene of a spree shooting occurred in 2008.

The city is normally low in crime.[citation needed] In 2005, 2007 and 2008, Kirkwood was the site of three sensational events. On July 5, 2005, Kevin Johnson shot and killed Sgt. William McEntee, who was investigating a fireworks call when Johnson walked up and shot him several times. Johnson was upset with police because he thought that they were responsible for his younger brother's death (although the brother died from a heart condition). Johnson is currently on Missouri death row for the murder of McEntee. On January 12, 2007, Michael J. Devlin
Michael J. Devlin
was arrested for abducting 13-year-old William "Ben" Ownby. Police who were investigating the case had discovered that Ownby and also 15-year-old Shawn Hornbeck lived in Devlin's apartment. Hornbeck had been missing since he was 11 years old, when he was abducted from near his home in Richwoods, Missouri. The Shawn Hornbeck Foundation was set up to find him as well as other missing children.

Wikinews has related news: Gunman opens fire at Missouri
Missouri
city council meeting

On February 7, 2008, Kirkwood resident Charles L. "Cookie" Thornton shot many people at a Kirkwood city council session, killing five — Council Members Connie Karr and Michael H.T. Lynch, Public Works Director Kenneth Yost, and police officers Sgt. William Biggs and Tom Ballman. Sgt. Biggs was killed in the lot of a nearby Imo's Pizza restaurant. Thornton stole his gun and proceeded to enter the City Hall. Once inside, he killed Officer Ballman and opened fire on the city council. Kirkwood mayor Mike Swoboda and Suburban Journals reporter Todd Smith were injured. The gunman had a history of disruptive behavior and legal actions against the city government. The legal actions were related to ordinance violations and other issues with the police and the city council. Thornton was shot to death by additional police officers, all of whom responded after one of the fatally-shot officers was able to activate his emergency signal by radio. Within minutes, multiple officers were on the scene. Mayor Swoboda died later the same year on September 6, 2008, succumbing to cancer in addition to complications from the February shootings. Transportation[edit]

Kirkwood Amtrak
Amtrak
station, about 2009

Rail[edit] Kirkwood sits along the Jefferson City
City
Subdivision of the Union Pacific Railroad. Passenger rail service is provided by Amtrak. Kirkwood Station is located near the center of downtown Kirkwood and is a stop for Amtrak's Missouri
Missouri
River Runner. Bus[edit] Bus service in Kirkwood is provided by MetroBus (St. Louis). Service connects Kirkwood to other suburban communities and downtown St. Louis. Road[edit] Interstate Highway 270 runs along the western edge of Kirkwood. Interstate 44
Interstate 44
passes through the community along the southern portions of the city limits. Major surface streets include Manchester Road ( Missouri
Missouri
Route 100) bordering the city to the north, and US 61/67 (Lindbergh Boulevard) which runs north-south through downtown Kirkwood as Kirkwood Road. Education[edit] Primary and secondary schools[edit] Public education in Kirkwood falls under the Kirkwood R-7 School District, which includes five elementary schools, Tillman Elementary, North Glendale Elementary, Keysor Elementary, Robinson Elementary, and Westchester Elementary, two middle schools, Nipher Middle School and North Kirkwood Middle school, and a single high school, Kirkwood High School, which dates back to 1865 (the institution was originally in the building that houses Nipher Middle School today, not the current campus, which was first built in 1955). Upon graduation from elementary school, students from North Glendale, Robinson, and half of Tillman go to Nipher Middle School, and the remaining students from Keysor, Westchester, and the other half of Tillman go to North Kirkwood Middle School. The district covers all of Kirkwood as well as all or parts of the neighboring smaller communities of Des Peres, Frontenac, Glendale, Huntleigh, Oakland, and Warson Woods. St. John Vianney High School, a private Catholic school, is in Kirkwood. Colleges and universities[edit] St. Louis Community College
St. Louis Community College
operates a 78-acre (320,000 m2) campus in Kirkwood, STLCC-Meramec. Meramec is the largest community college in Missouri, with over 12,000 undergraduate and transfer students. Economy[edit] Shop 'n Save, a grocery store chain, is headquartered in Kirkwood.[18] Religious organizations[edit] Kirkwood is the world headquarters of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod a confessional Lutheran denomination with 2.1 million members. Notable people[edit]

Scott Bakula, actor Mel Bay, author Jack Buechner, U.S. Congress member Edgar W. Denison, naturalist and author Nikki Glaser, comedian Trent Green, National Football League Geoffrey C. Hazard Jr., law professor Jeremy Maclin, National Football League Marianne Moore, poet and writer, born 1887 Bill Pleis, Major League Baseball Rodger O. Riney, broker and business executive David Sanborn, musician Brandon Williams, National Football League Mike Wood, National Football League Rick Stream, U.S Congress member

References[edit]

^ http://www.kirkwoodmo.org/mm/files/Finance/2014/CAFR%202014.pdf ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-07-08.  ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-08.  ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.  ^ "American FactFinder". United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States
United States
Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File
File
(QT-PL), Kirkwood city, Missouri". U.S. Census
Census
Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved October 21, 2011.  ^ [1] Archived November 15, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. ^ The City
City
Of Kirkwood - History Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1918). How Missouri
Missouri
Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 360.  ^ Kirkwood Neighborhood - St. Louis
St. Louis
Convention and Visitors Center ^ Turkey Day - Turkey Day Archived 2008-02-12 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Thompson, Danette (7 July 2009). "Magic House Anticipates Record Attendance This Year". stltoday.com. Retrieved 31 May 2013.  ^ ZAGATSURVEY U.S. Family Travel Guide: Sites & Attractions, Restaurants, Lodging. New York: Zagat Survey, LLC. 2004. p. 24. ISBN 1-57006-624-8.  ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States
United States
Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.  ^ " Census
Census
of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.  ^ "Kirkwood city, Missouri
Missouri
- Fact Sheet - American FactFinder". Factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2010-04-06.  ^ Stroud, Jerri. "Ground Broken, Work Stalled." St. Louis Post-Dispatch. May 3, 1989. Edition 5, Page 9a. Retrieved on August 19, 2009.

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Kirkwood is an inner-ring western suburb of St. Louis
St. Louis
located in St. Louis County, Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the city's population was 27,540.[7] Founded in 1853, the city is named after James P. Kirkwood, builder of the Pacific Railroad through that town. It was the first planned suburb located west of the Mississippi River.[8][9]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Traditions

2 Geography 3 Demographics

3.1 2010 census 3.2 2000 census

4 Crime 5 Transportation

5.1 Rail 5.2 Bus 5.3 Road

6 Education

6.1 Primary and secondary schools 6.2 Colleges and universities

7 Economy 8 Religious organizations 9 Notable people 10 References 11 External links

History[edit] Plans for a new community close to St. Louis
St. Louis
began following the St. Louis Fire (1849) and the 1849 cholera outbreak that killed a tenth of the residents of downtown St. Louis. Kirkwood was the first suburban municipality built outside of the St. Louis
St. Louis
City
City
boundaries. Hiram W. Leffingwell and Richard Smith Elliott bought land 14 miles (23 km) from downtown in 1850 at about the same time James P. Kirkwood was laying out a route for the Pacific Railroad. Kirkwood was platted in 1852, and named for James P. Kirkwood, chief engineer of the Missouri
Missouri
Pacific Railroad.[10] When the railroad reached the community in 1853, the developers sold lots for the Kirkwood Association. Other Leffingwell developments were to include the construction of Grand Avenue and the establishment of Forest Park.[11] The original town plat including quarter section blocks and families could be a block estate of 5 acres (20,000 m2). Deed restrictions prohibited industrial development. The train station of Richardsonian Romanesque
Richardsonian Romanesque
style was built in 1893. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places
(NRHP), it has become a symbol of the town. It is the only station stop that Amtrak makes in the St. Louis
St. Louis
metropolitan area outside the central city. Among the four other buildings in Kirkwood listed on the NRHP is a Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright
house in Ebsworth Park Foundation. In 1895 the Meramec Highlands resort was built on the bluffs above the Meramec River. Kirkwood won the Arbor Day
Arbor Day
Growth Award in 1993, 1997, 2003, and 2004. The city also won the America in Bloom 2007 Community Involvement Criteria Award. Traditions[edit] The Greentree Festival is held every September. The Greentree Festival has many things to do such as arts and crafts for kids and many different foods from many different cultures. Greentree has been a tradition for over 50 years. Since 1961, it has been held in Kirkwood Park. The festival consists of a parade and a fair held in Kirkwood park. The festival was originally created to replace the drought-stricken trees in the park. The Kirkwood High School Pioneers and Webster Groves Statesmen alternate as hosts of the annual Turkey Day Game, the longest-running football high school Thanksgiving Day rivalry west of the Mississippi. The 100th anniversary game was in 2007.[12] The winner of the Turkey Day Game receives the Frisco Bell, while the loser gets the Little Brown Jug. The Kirkwood Farmers' Market
Farmers' Market
was founded in 1976. It is an outdoor market that has a variety of homegrown vegetables and fruits. There are more than 300 local businesses that contribute to the market. The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum
The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum
in Kirkwood has become a popular family attraction for the region. Originally opened in 1979, the Museum receives over 500,000 visitors annually and has been visited by more than 10 million people since its opening.[13] The Museum's original house was built in 1901 and has undergone several renovations and expansions. The Magic House was ranked by Zagat as America's top travel destination based on child appeal.[14]

Kirkwood Historic District

Geography[edit] Kirkwood is located at 38°34′50″N 90°24′51″W / 38.58056°N 90.41417°W / 38.58056; -90.41417 (38.580652, -90.414289).[15] According to the United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.20 square miles (23.83 km2), of which, 9.16 square miles (23.72 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.[2] Demographics[edit]

Historical population

Census Pop.

1880 1,280

1890 1,777

38.8%

1900 2,825

59.0%

1910 4,171

47.6%

1920 4,422

6.0%

1930 9,169

107.3%

1940 12,132

32.3%

1950 18,640

53.6%

1960 29,421

57.8%

1970 31,679

7.7%

1980 27,739

−12.4%

1990 27,291

−1.6%

2000 27,324

0.1%

2010 27,540

0.8%

Est. 2016 27,609 [4] 0.3%

U.S. Decennial Census[16]

2010 census[edit] As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 27,540 people in Kirkwood, 11,894 households, and 7,327 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,006.6 inhabitants per square mile (1,160.9/km2). There were 12,895 housing units at an average density of 1,407.8 per square mile (543.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96% White, 2.0% African American, 0.5% Native American, 1% Asian, 0.5% another race. There were 11,894 households of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.4% were non-families. 33.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.97. The median age in the city was 42.6 years. 23.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.8% were from 25 to 44; 29.8% were from 45 to 64; and 17.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.0% male and 54.0% female. 2000 census[edit] In 2000 there were 11,763.5 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.5% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.3% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.98. In the city, the population was spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 84.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.4 males. The median income for a household in the city was $70,261, and the median income for a family was $89,219.[17] Males had a median income of $51,515 versus $36,235 for females. The per capita income for the city was $32,012. About 2.8% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over. Crime[edit]

Kirkwood City
City
Hall where the scene of a spree shooting occurred in 2008.

The city is normally low in crime.[citation needed] In 2005, 2007 and 2008, Kirkwood was the site of three sensational events. On July 5, 2005, Kevin Johnson shot and killed Sgt. William McEntee, who was investigating a fireworks call when Johnson walked up and shot him several times. Johnson was upset with police because he thought that they were responsible for his younger brother's death (although the brother died from a heart condition). Johnson is currently on Missouri death row for the murder of McEntee. On January 12, 2007, Michael J. Devlin
Michael J. Devlin
was arrested for abducting 13-year-old William "Ben" Ownby. Police who were investigating the case had discovered that Ownby and also 15-year-old Shawn Hornbeck lived in Devlin's apartment. Hornbeck had been missing since he was 11 years old, when he was abducted from near his home in Richwoods, Missouri. The Shawn Hornbeck Foundation was set up to find him as well as other missing children.

Wikinews has related news: Gunman opens fire at Missouri
Missouri
city council meeting

On February 7, 2008, Kirkwood resident Charles L. "Cookie" Thornton shot many people at a Kirkwood city council session, killing five — Council Members Connie Karr and Michael H.T. Lynch, Public Works Director Kenneth Yost, and police officers Sgt. William Biggs and Tom Ballman. Sgt. Biggs was killed in the lot of a nearby Imo's Pizza restaurant. Thornton stole his gun and proceeded to enter the City Hall. Once inside, he killed Officer Ballman and opened fire on the city council. Kirkwood mayor Mike Swoboda and Suburban Journals reporter Todd Smith were injured. The gunman had a history of disruptive behavior and legal actions against the city government. The legal actions were related to ordinance violations and other issues with the police and the city council. Thornton was shot to death by additional police officers, all of whom responded after one of the fatally-shot officers was able to activate his emergency signal by radio. Within minutes, multiple officers were on the scene. Mayor Swoboda died later the same year on September 6, 2008, succumbing to cancer in addition to complications from the February shootings. Transportation[edit]

Kirkwood Amtrak
Amtrak
station, about 2009

Rail[edit] Kirkwood sits along the Jefferson City
City
Subdivision of the Union Pacific Railroad. Passenger rail service is provided by Amtrak. Kirkwood Station is located near the center of downtown Kirkwood and is a stop for Amtrak's Missouri
Missouri
River Runner. Bus[edit] Bus service in Kirkwood is provided by MetroBus (St. Louis). Service connects Kirkwood to other suburban communities and downtown St. Louis. Road[edit] Interstate Highway 270 runs along the western edge of Kirkwood. Interstate 44
Interstate 44
passes through the community along the southern portions of the city limits. Major surface streets include Manchester Road ( Missouri
Missouri
Route 100) bordering the city to the north, and US 61/67 (Lindbergh Boulevard) which runs north-south through downtown Kirkwood as Kirkwood Road. Education[edit] Primary and secondary schools[edit] Public education in Kirkwood falls under the Kirkwood R-7 School District, which includes five elementary schools, Tillman Elementary, North Glendale Elementary, Keysor Elementary, Robinson Elementary, and Westchester Elementary, two middle schools, Nipher Middle School and North Kirkwood Middle school, and a single high school, Kirkwood High School, which dates back to 1865 (the institution was originally in the building that houses Nipher Middle School today, not the current campus, which was first built in 1955). Upon graduation from elementary school, students from North Glendale, Robinson, and half of Tillman go to Nipher Middle School, and the remaining students from Keysor, Westchester, and the other half of Tillman go to North Kirkwood Middle School. The district covers all of Kirkwood as well as all or parts of the neighboring smaller communities of Des Peres, Frontenac, Glendale, Huntleigh, Oakland, and Warson Woods. St. John Vianney High School, a private Catholic school, is in Kirkwood. Colleges and universities[edit] St. Louis Community College
St. Louis Community College
operates a 78-acre (320,000 m2) campus in Kirkwood, STLCC-Meramec. Meramec is the largest community college in Missouri, with over 12,000 undergraduate and transfer students. Economy[edit] Shop 'n Save, a grocery store chain, is headquartered in Kirkwood.[18] Religious organizations[edit] Kirkwood is the world headquarters of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod a confessional Lutheran denomination with 2.1 million members. Notable people[edit]

Scott Bakula, actor Mel Bay, author Jack Buechner, U.S. Congress member Edgar W. Denison, naturalist and author Nikki Glaser, comedian Trent Green, National Football League Geoffrey C. Hazard Jr., law professor Jeremy Maclin, National Football League Marianne Moore, poet and writer, born 1887 Bill Pleis, Major League Baseball Rodger O. Riney, broker and business executive David Sanborn, musician Brandon Williams, National Football League Mike Wood, National Football League Rick Stream, U.S Congress member

References[edit]

^ http://www.kirkwoodmo.org/mm/files/Finance/2014/CAFR%202014.pdf ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-07-08.  ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-08.  ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.  ^ "American FactFinder". United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States
United States
Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File
File
(QT-PL), Kirkwood city, Missouri". U.S. Census
Census
Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved October 21, 2011.  ^ [1] Archived November 15, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. ^ The City
City
Of Kirkwood - History Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1918). How Missouri
Missouri
Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 360.  ^ Kirkwood Neighborhood - St. Louis
St. Louis
Convention and Visitors Center ^ Turkey Day - Turkey Day Archived 2008-02-12 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Thompson, Danette (7 July 2009). "Magic House Anticipates Record Attendance This Year". stltoday.com. Retrieved 31 May 2013.  ^ ZAGATSURVEY U.S. Family Travel Guide: Sites & Attractions, Restaurants, Lodging. New York: Zagat Survey, LLC. 2004. p. 24. ISBN 1-57006-624-8.  ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States
United States
Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.  ^ " Census
Census
of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.  ^ "Kirkwood city, Missouri
Missouri
- Fact Sheet - American FactFinder". Factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2010-04-06.  ^ Stroud, Jerri. "Ground Broken, Work Stalled." St. Louis Post-Dispatch. May 3, 1989. Edition 5, Page 9a. Retrieved on August 19, 2009.

External links[edit]

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portal

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kirkwood, Missouri.

City
City
of Kirkwood official website Kirkwood Area Chamber of Commerce Kirkwood Historical Society Kirkwood at the Open Directory Project "Kirkwood, Missouri
Missouri
photographs". University of Missouri–St. Louis.  Historic maps of Kirkwood in the Sanborn Maps of Missouri
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Collection at the University of Missouri

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Kirkwood is an inner-ring western suburb of St. Louis
St. Louis
located in St. Louis County, Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the city's population was 27,540.[7] Founded in 1853, the city is named after James P. Kirkwood, builder of the Pacific Railroad through that town. It was the first planned suburb located west of the Mississippi River.[8][9]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Traditions

2 Geography 3 Demographics

3.1 2010 census 3.2 2000 census

4 Crime 5 Transportation

5.1 Rail 5.2 Bus 5.3 Road

6 Education

6.1 Primary and secondary schools 6.2 Colleges and universities

7 Economy 8 Religious organizations 9 Notable people 10 References 11 External links

History[edit] Plans for a new community close to St. Louis
St. Louis
began following the St. Louis Fire (1849) and the 1849 cholera outbreak that killed a tenth of the residents of downtown St. Louis. Kirkwood was the first suburban municipality built outside of the St. Louis
St. Louis
City
City
boundaries. Hiram W. Leffingwell and Richard Smith Elliott bought land 14 miles (23 km) from downtown in 1850 at about the same time James P. Kirkwood was laying out a route for the Pacific Railroad. Kirkwood was platted in 1852, and named for James P. Kirkwood, chief engineer of the Missouri
Missouri
Pacific Railroad.[10] When the railroad reached the community in 1853, the developers sold lots for the Kirkwood Association. Other Leffingwell developments were to include the construction of Grand Avenue and the establishment of Forest Park.[11] The original town plat including quarter section blocks and families could be a block estate of 5 acres (20,000 m2). Deed restrictions prohibited industrial development. The train station of Richardsonian Romanesque
Richardsonian Romanesque
style was built in 1893. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places
(NRHP), it has become a symbol of the town. It is the only station stop that Amtrak makes in the St. Louis
St. Louis
metropolitan area outside the central city. Among the four other buildings in Kirkwood listed on the NRHP is a Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright
house in Ebsworth Park Foundation. In 1895 the Meramec Highlands resort was built on the bluffs above the Meramec River. Kirkwood won the Arbor Day
Arbor Day
Growth Award in 1993, 1997, 2003, and 2004. The city also won the America in Bloom 2007 Community Involvement Criteria Award. Traditions[edit] The Greentree Festival is held every September. The Greentree Festival has many things to do such as arts and crafts for kids and many different foods from many different cultures. Greentree has been a tradition for over 50 years. Since 1961, it has been held in Kirkwood Park. The festival consists of a parade and a fair held in Kirkwood park. The festival was originally created to replace the drought-stricken trees in the park. The Kirkwood High School Pioneers and Webster Groves Statesmen alternate as hosts of the annual Turkey Day Game, the longest-running football high school Thanksgiving Day rivalry west of the Mississippi. The 100th anniversary game was in 2007.[12] The winner of the Turkey Day Game receives the Frisco Bell, while the loser gets the Little Brown Jug. The Kirkwood Farmers' Market
Farmers' Market
was founded in 1976. It is an outdoor market that has a variety of homegrown vegetables and fruits. There are more than 300 local businesses that contribute to the market. The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum
The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum
in Kirkwood has become a popular family attraction for the region. Originally opened in 1979, the Museum receives over 500,000 visitors annually and has been visited by more than 10 million people since its opening.[13] The Museum's original house was built in 1901 and has undergone several renovations and expansions. The Magic House was ranked by Zagat as America's top travel destination based on child appeal.[14]

Kirkwood Historic District

Geography[edit] Kirkwood is located at 38°34′50″N 90°24′51″W / 38.58056°N 90.41417°W / 38.58056; -90.41417 (38.580652, -90.414289).[15] According to the United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.20 square miles (23.83 km2), of which, 9.16 square miles (23.72 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.[2] Demographics[edit]

Historical population

Census Pop.

1880 1,280

1890 1,777

38.8%

1900 2,825

59.0%

1910 4,171

47.6%

1920 4,422

6.0%

1930 9,169

107.3%

1940 12,132

32.3%

1950 18,640

53.6%

1960 29,421

57.8%

1970 31,679

7.7%

1980 27,739

−12.4%

1990 27,291

−1.6%

2000 27,324

0.1%

2010 27,540

0.8%

Est. 2016 27,609 [4] 0.3%

U.S. Decennial Census[16]

2010 census[edit] As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 27,540 people in Kirkwood, 11,894 households, and 7,327 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,006.6 inhabitants per square mile (1,160.9/km2). There were 12,895 housing units at an average density of 1,407.8 per square mile (543.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96% White, 2.0% African American, 0.5% Native American, 1% Asian, 0.5% another race. There were 11,894 households of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.4% were non-families. 33.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.97. The median age in the city was 42.6 years. 23.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.8% were from 25 to 44; 29.8% were from 45 to 64; and 17.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.0% male and 54.0% female. 2000 census[edit] In 2000 there were 11,763.5 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.5% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.3% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.98. In the city, the population was spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 84.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.4 males. The median income for a household in the city was $70,261, and the median income for a family was $89,219.[17] Males had a median income of $51,515 versus $36,235 for females. The per capita income for the city was $32,012. About 2.8% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over. Crime[edit]

Kirkwood City
City
Hall where the scene of a spree shooting occurred in 2008.

The city is normally low in crime.[citation needed] In 2005, 2007 and 2008, Kirkwood was the site of three sensational events. On July 5, 2005, Kevin Johnson shot and killed Sgt. William McEntee, who was investigating a fireworks call when Johnson walked up and shot him several times. Johnson was upset with police because he thought that they were responsible for his younger brother's death (although the brother died from a heart condition). Johnson is currently on Missouri death row for the murder of McEntee. On January 12, 2007, Michael J. Devlin
Michael J. Devlin
was arrested for abducting 13-year-old William "Ben" Ownby. Police who were investigating the case had discovered that Ownby and also 15-year-old Shawn Hornbeck lived in Devlin's apartment. Hornbeck had been missing since he was 11 years old, when he was abducted from near his home in Richwoods, Missouri. The Shawn Hornbeck Foundation was set up to find him as well as other missing children.

Wikinews has related news: Gunman opens fire at Missouri
Missouri
city council meeting

On February 7, 2008, Kirkwood resident Charles L. "Cookie" Thornton shot many people at a Kirkwood city council session, killing five — Council Members Connie Karr and Michael H.T. Lynch, Public Works Director Kenneth Yost, and police officers Sgt. William Biggs and Tom Ballman. Sgt. Biggs was killed in the lot of a nearby Imo's Pizza restaurant. Thornton stole his gun and proceeded to enter the City Hall. Once inside, he killed Officer Ballman and opened fire on the city council. Kirkwood mayor Mike Swoboda and Suburban Journals reporter Todd Smith were injured. The gunman had a history of disruptive behavior and legal actions against the city government. The legal actions were related to ordinance violations and other issues with the police and the city council. Thornton was shot to death by additional police officers, all of whom responded after one of the fatally-shot officers was able to activate his emergency signal by radio. Within minutes, multiple officers were on the scene. Mayor Swoboda died later the same year on September 6, 2008, succumbing to cancer in addition to complications from the February shootings. Transportation[edit]

Kirkwood Amtrak
Amtrak
station, about 2009

Rail[edit] Kirkwood sits along the Jefferson City
City
Subdivision of the Union Pacific Railroad. Passenger rail service is provided by Amtrak. Kirkwood Station is located near the center of downtown Kirkwood and is a stop for Amtrak's Missouri
Missouri
River Runner. Bus[edit] Bus service in Kirkwood is provided by MetroBus (St. Louis). Service connects Kirkwood to other suburban communities and downtown St. Louis. Road[edit] Interstate Highway 270 runs along the western edge of Kirkwood. Interstate 44
Interstate 44
passes through the community along the southern portions of the city limits. Major surface streets include Manchester Road ( Missouri
Missouri
Route 100) bordering the city to the north, and US 61/67 (Lindbergh Boulevard) which runs north-south through downtown Kirkwood as Kirkwood Road. Education[edit] Primary and secondary schools[edit] Public education in Kirkwood falls under the Kirkwood R-7 School District, which includes five elementary schools, Tillman Elementary, North Glendale Elementary, Keysor Elementary, Robinson Elementary, and Westchester Elementary, two middle schools, Nipher Middle School and North Kirkwood Middle school, and a single high school, Kirkwood High School, which dates back to 1865 (the institution was originally in the building that houses Nipher Middle School today, not the current campus, which was first built in 1955). Upon graduation from elementary school, students from North Glendale, Robinson, and half of Tillman go to Nipher Middle School, and the remaining students from Keysor, Westchester, and the other half of Tillman go to North Kirkwood Middle School. The district covers all of Kirkwood as well as all or parts of the neighboring smaller communities of Des Peres, Frontenac, Glendale, Huntleigh, Oakland, and Warson Woods. St. John Vianney High School, a private Catholic school, is in Kirkwood. Colleges and universities[edit] St. Louis Community College
St. Louis Community College
operates a 78-acre (320,000 m2) campus in Kirkwood, STLCC-Meramec. Meramec is the largest community college in Missouri, with over 12,000 undergraduate and transfer students. Economy[edit] Shop 'n Save, a grocery store chain, is headquartered in Kirkwood.[18] Religious organizations[edit] Kirkwood is the world headquarters of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod a confessional Lutheran denomination with 2.1 million members. Notable people[edit]

Scott Bakula, actor Mel Bay, author Jack Buechner, U.S. Congress member Edgar W. Denison, naturalist and author Nikki Glaser, comedian Trent Green, National Football League Geoffrey C. Hazard Jr., law professor Jeremy Maclin, National Football League Marianne Moore, poet and writer, born 1887 Bill Pleis, Major League Baseball Rodger O. Riney, broker and business executive David Sanborn, musician Brandon Williams, National Football League Mike Wood, National Football League Rick Stream, U.S Congress member

References[edit]

^ http://www.kirkwoodmo.org/mm/files/Finance/2014/CAFR%202014.pdf ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-07-08.  ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-08.  ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.  ^ "American FactFinder". United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States
United States
Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File
File
(QT-PL), Kirkwood city, Missouri". U.S. Census
Census
Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved October 21, 2011.  ^ [1] Archived November 15, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. ^ The City
City
Of Kirkwood - History Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1918). How Missouri
Missouri
Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 360.  ^ Kirkwood Neighborhood - St. Louis
St. Louis
Convention and Visitors Center ^ Turkey Day - Turkey Day Archived 2008-02-12 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Thompson, Danette (7 July 2009). "Magic House Anticipates Record Attendance This Year". stltoday.com. Retrieved 31 May 2013.  ^ ZAGATSURVEY U.S. Family Travel Guide: Sites & Attractions, Restaurants, Lodging. New York: Zagat Survey, LLC. 2004. p. 24. ISBN 1-57006-624-8.  ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States
United States
Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.  ^ " Census
Census
of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.  ^ "Kirkwood city, Missouri
Missouri
- Fact Sheet - American FactFinder". Factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2010-04-06.  ^ Stroud, Jerri. "Ground Broken, Work Stalled." St. Louis Post-Dispatch. May 3, 1989. Edition 5, Page 9a. Retrieved on August 19, 2009.

External links[edit]

Missouri
Missouri
portal

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kirkwood, Missouri.

City
City
of Kirkwood official website Kirkwood Area Chamber of Commerce Kirkwood Historical Society Kirkwood at the Open Directory Project "Kirkwood, Missouri
Missouri
photographs". University of Missouri–St. Louis.  Historic maps of Kirkwood in the Sanborn Maps of Missouri
Missouri
Collection at the University of Missouri

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St. Louis
County, Missouri, United States

County seat: Clayton

Cities

Ballwin Bel-Nor Bel-Ridge Bella Villa Bellefontaine Neighbors Berkeley Beverly Hills Black Jack Breckenridge Hills Brentwood Bridgeton Calverton Park Charlack Chesterfield Clarkson Valley Clayton Cool Valley Country Club Hills Crestwood Creve Coeur Crystal Lake Park Dellwood Des Peres Edmundson Ellisville Eureka Fenton Ferguson Flordell Hills Florissant Frontenac Glendale Green Park Greendale Hazelwood Huntleigh Jennings Kinloch Kirkwood Ladue Lakeshire Manchester Maplewood Maryland Heights Moline Acres Normandy Northwoods Oakland Olivette Overland Pacific‡ Pagedale Pasadena Hills Pine Lawn Richmond Heights Rock Hill Shrewsbury St. Ann St. John Sunset Hills Town and Country University City Valley Park Velda City Velda Village Hills Vinita Park Warson Woods Webster Groves Wellston Wildwood Winchester Woodson Terrace

Villages

Bellerive Champ Country Life Acres Glen Echo Park Grantwood Village Hanley Hills Hillsdale Mackenzie Marlborough Norwood Court Pasadena Park Riverview Sycamore Hills Twin Oaks Uplands Park Westwood Wilbur Park

CDPs

Affton Castle Point Concord Glasgow Village Lemay Mehlville Oakville Old Jamestown Sappington Spanish Lake

Other unincorporated communities

Ascalon Carsonville Earth City Glencoe Grover Peerless Park St. George Sherman Times Beach

Townships

Airport Bonhomme Chesterfield Clayton Concord Creve Coeur Ferguson Florissant Gravois Hadley Township Halls Ferry Jefferson Lafayette Lemay Lewis and Clark Maryland Heights Meramec Midland Missouri
Missouri
River Normandy Northwest Norwood Oakville Queeny Spanish Lake St. Ferdinand Tesson Ferry University

Footnotes

‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties See also Municipalities of St. Louis
St. Louis
County, Missouri

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Greater St. Louis

Illinois Missouri United States
United States
of America

Topics

Culture Crime Economy Education History Parks Transportation

Central city

St. Louis

Largest cities (over 50,000 in 2010)

Florissant O'Fallon, Missouri St. Charles St. Peters

Medium-sized cities (over 20,000 in 2010)

Affton CDP Alton Arnold Ballwin Belleville Chesterfield Collinsville East St. Louis Edwardsville Ferguson Granite City Hazelwood Kirkwood Maryland Heights Mehlville CDP Oakville CDP O'Fallon, Illinois Spanish Lake CDP University City Webster Groves Wentzville Wildwood

Largest towns and villages (over 10,000 in 2010)

Bellefontaine Neighbors Bridgeton Cahokia Clayton Concord CDP Crestwood Creve Coeur Dardenne Prairie Fairview Heights Farmington Festus Glen Carbon Godfrey Jennings Lake St. Louis Lemay CDP Manchester Overland Old Jamestown CDP St. Ann Shiloh Swansea Town and Country Troy, Missouri Union Washington Wood River

Missouri
Missouri
Counties

Franklin Jefferson Lincoln St. Charles St. Francois St. Louis
St. Louis
City St. Louis
St. Louis
County Warren Washington

Illinois
Illinois
Counties

Bond Calhoun Clinton Jersey Macoupin Madison Monroe St. Clair

Subregions

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Jefferson City
City
(capital)

Topics

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Seal of Missouri

Society

Culture Crime Demographics Economy Education Politics

Regions

Boonslick Bootheel Crowley's Ridge Dissected Till Plains Four State Area Henry Shaw Ozark Corridor Honey Lands Lead Belt Lincoln Hills Little Dixie Loess Hills Mid-Missouri Mississippi Embayment Missouri
Missouri
Rhineland Northern Plains Osage Plains Ozark Plateau Platte Purchase Pony Express St. Francois Mountains Westplex

Metro areas

Columbia Jefferson City Joplin Kansas City Springfield St. Joseph St. Louis

Largest cities

Kansas City St. Louis Springfield Columbia Independence Lee's Summit O'Fallon St. Joseph St. Charles St. Peters Blue Springs Joplin Florissant Chesterfield Jefferson City Cape Girardeau Wentzville Wildwood University City Liberty Ballwin Raytown Kirkwood Maryland Heights Gladstone Hazelwood Grandview

Counties and independent cities

Adair Andrew Atchison Audrain Barry Barton Bates Benton Bollinger Boone Buchanan Butler Caldwell Callaway Camden Cape Girardeau Carroll Carter Cass Cedar Chariton Christian Clark Clay Clinton Cole Cooper Crawford Dade Dallas Daviess DeKalb Dent Douglas Dunklin Franklin Gasconade Gentry Greene Grundy Harrison Henry Hickory Holt Howard Howell Iron Jackson Jasper Jefferson Johnson Knox Laclede Lafayette Lawrence Lewis Lincoln Linn Livingston Macon Madison Maries Marion McDonald Mercer Miller Mississippi Moniteau Monroe Montgomery Morgan New Madrid Newton Nodaway Oregon Osage Ozark Pemiscot Perry Pettis Phelps Pike Platte Polk Pulaski Putnam Ralls Randolph Ray Reynolds Ripley St. Charles St. Clair St. Francois St. Louis
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Kirkwood is an inner-ring western suburb of St. Louis
St. Louis
located in St. Louis County, Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the city's population was 27,540.[7] Founded in 1853, the city is named after James P. Kirkwood, builder of the Pacific Railroad through that town. It was the first planned suburb located west of the Mississippi River.[8][9]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Traditions

2 Geography 3 Demographics

3.1 2010 census 3.2 2000 census

4 Crime 5 Transportation

5.1 Rail 5.2 Bus 5.3 Road

6 Education

6.1 Primary and secondary schools 6.2 Colleges and universities

7 Economy 8 Religious organizations 9 Notable people 10 References 11 External links

History[edit] Plans for a new community close to St. Louis
St. Louis
began following the St. Louis Fire (1849) and the 1849 cholera outbreak that killed a tenth of the residents of downtown St. Louis. Kirkwood was the first suburban municipality built outside of the St. Louis
St. Louis
City
City
boundaries. Hiram W. Leffingwell and Richard Smith Elliott bought land 14 miles (23 km) from downtown in 1850 at about the same time James P. Kirkwood was laying out a route for the Pacific Railroad. Kirkwood was platted in 1852, and named for James P. Kirkwood, chief engineer of the Missouri
Missouri
Pacific Railroad.[10] When the railroad reached the community in 1853, the developers sold lots for the Kirkwood Association. Other Leffingwell developments were to include the construction of Grand Avenue and the establishment of Forest Park.[11] The original town plat including quarter section blocks and families could be a block estate of 5 acres (20,000 m2). Deed restrictions prohibited industrial development. The train station of Richardsonian Romanesque
Richardsonian Romanesque
style was built in 1893. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places
(NRHP), it has become a symbol of the town. It is the only station stop that Amtrak makes in the St. Louis
St. Louis
metropolitan area outside the central city. Among the four other buildings in Kirkwood listed on the NRHP is a Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright
house in Ebsworth Park Foundation. In 1895 the Meramec Highlands resort was built on the bluffs above the Meramec River. Kirkwood won the Arbor Day
Arbor Day
Growth Award in 1993, 1997, 2003, and 2004. The city also won the America in Bloom 2007 Community Involvement Criteria Award. Traditions[edit] The Greentree Festival is held every September. The Greentree Festival has many things to do such as arts and crafts for kids and many different foods from many different cultures. Greentree has been a tradition for over 50 years. Since 1961, it has been held in Kirkwood Park. The festival consists of a parade and a fair held in Kirkwood park. The festival was originally created to replace the drought-stricken trees in the park. The Kirkwood High School Pioneers and Webster Groves Statesmen alternate as hosts of the annual Turkey Day Game, the longest-running football high school Thanksgiving Day rivalry west of the Mississippi. The 100th anniversary game was in 2007.[12] The winner of the Turkey Day Game receives the Frisco Bell, while the loser gets the Little Brown Jug. The Kirkwood Farmers' Market
Farmers' Market
was founded in 1976. It is an outdoor market that has a variety of homegrown vegetables and fruits. There are more than 300 local businesses that contribute to the market. The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum
The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum
in Kirkwood has become a popular family attraction for the region. Originally opened in 1979, the Museum receives over 500,000 visitors annually and has been visited by more than 10 million people since its opening.[13] The Museum's original house was built in 1901 and has undergone several renovations and expansions. The Magic House was ranked by Zagat as America's top travel destination based on child appeal.[14]

Kirkwood Historic District

Geography[edit] Kirkwood is located at 38°34′50″N 90°24′51″W / 38.58056°N 90.41417°W / 38.58056; -90.41417 (38.580652, -90.414289).[15] According to the United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.20 square miles (23.83 km2), of which, 9.16 square miles (23.72 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.[2] Demographics[edit]

Historical population

Census Pop.

1880 1,280

1890 1,777

38.8%

1900 2,825

59.0%

1910 4,171

47.6%

1920 4,422

6.0%

1930 9,169

107.3%

1940 12,132

32.3%

1950 18,640

53.6%

1960 29,421

57.8%

1970 31,679

7.7%

1980 27,739

−12.4%

1990 27,291

−1.6%

2000 27,324

0.1%

2010 27,540

0.8%

Est. 2016 27,609 [4] 0.3%

U.S. Decennial Census[16]

2010 census[edit] As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 27,540 people in Kirkwood, 11,894 households, and 7,327 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,006.6 inhabitants per square mile (1,160.9/km2). There were 12,895 housing units at an average density of 1,407.8 per square mile (543.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96% White, 2.0% African American, 0.5% Native American, 1% Asian, 0.5% another race. There were 11,894 households of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.4% were non-families. 33.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.97. The median age in the city was 42.6 years. 23.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.8% were from 25 to 44; 29.8% were from 45 to 64; and 17.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.0% male and 54.0% female. 2000 census[edit] In 2000 there were 11,763.5 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.5% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.3% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.98. In the city, the population was spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 84.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.4 males. The median income for a household in the city was $70,261, and the median income for a family was $89,219.[17] Males had a median income of $51,515 versus $36,235 for females. The per capita income for the city was $32,012. About 2.8% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over. Crime[edit]

Kirkwood City
City
Hall where the scene of a spree shooting occurred in 2008.

The city is normally low in crime.[citation needed] In 2005, 2007 and 2008, Kirkwood was the site of three sensational events. On July 5, 2005, Kevin Johnson shot and killed Sgt. William McEntee, who was investigating a fireworks call when Johnson walked up and shot him several times. Johnson was upset with police because he thought that they were responsible for his younger brother's death (although the brother died from a heart condition). Johnson is currently on Missouri death row for the murder of McEntee. On January 12, 2007, Michael J. Devlin
Michael J. Devlin
was arrested for abducting 13-year-old William "Ben" Ownby. Police who were investigating the case had discovered that Ownby and also 15-year-old Shawn Hornbeck lived in Devlin's apartment. Hornbeck had been missing since he was 11 years old, when he was abducted from near his home in Richwoods, Missouri. The Shawn Hornbeck Foundation was set up to find him as well as other missing children.

Wikinews has related news: Gunman opens fire at Missouri
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On February 7, 2008, Kirkwood resident Charles L. "Cookie" Thornton shot many people at a Kirkwood city council session, killing five — Council Members Connie Karr and Michael H.T. Lynch, Public Works Director Kenneth Yost, and police officers Sgt. William Biggs and Tom Ballman. Sgt. Biggs was killed in the lot of a nearby Imo's Pizza restaurant. Thornton stole his gun and proceeded to enter the City Hall. Once inside, he killed Officer Ballman and opened fire on the city council. Kirkwood mayor Mike Swoboda and Suburban Journals reporter Todd Smith were injured. The gunman had a history of disruptive behavior and legal actions against the city government. The legal actions were related to ordinance violations and other issues with the police and the city council. Thornton was shot to death by additional police officers, all of whom responded after one of the fatally-shot officers was able to activate his emergency signal by radio. Within minutes, multiple officers were on the scene. Mayor Swoboda died later the same year on September 6, 2008, succumbing to cancer in addition to complications from the February shootings. Transportation[edit]

Kirkwood Amtrak
Amtrak
station, about 2009

Rail[edit] Kirkwood sits along the Jefferson City
City
Subdivision of the Union Pacific Railroad. Passenger rail service is provided by Amtrak. Kirkwood Station is located near the center of downtown Kirkwood and is a stop for Amtrak's Missouri
Missouri
River Runner. Bus[edit] Bus service in Kirkwood is provided by MetroBus (St. Louis). Service connects Kirkwood to other suburban communities and downtown St. Louis. Road[edit] Interstate Highway 270 runs along the western edge of Kirkwood. Interstate 44
Interstate 44
passes through the community along the southern portions of the city limits. Major surface streets include Manchester Road ( Missouri
Missouri
Route 100) bordering the city to the north, and US 61/67 (Lindbergh Boulevard) which runs north-south through downtown Kirkwood as Kirkwood Road. Education[edit] Primary and secondary schools[edit] Public education in Kirkwood falls under the Kirkwood R-7 School District, which includes five elementary schools, Tillman Elementary, North Glendale Elementary, Keysor Elementary, Robinson Elementary, and Westchester Elementary, two middle schools, Nipher Middle School and North Kirkwood Middle school, and a single high school, Kirkwood High School, which dates back to 1865 (the institution was originally in the building that houses Nipher Middle School today, not the current campus, which was first built in 1955). Upon graduation from elementary school, students from North Glendale, Robinson, and half of Tillman go to Nipher Middle School, and the remaining students from Keysor, Westchester, and the other half of Tillman go to North Kirkwood Middle School. The district covers all of Kirkwood as well as all or parts of the neighboring smaller communities of Des Peres, Frontenac, Glendale, Huntleigh, Oakland, and Warson Woods. St. John Vianney High School, a private Catholic school, is in Kirkwood. Colleges and universities[edit] St. Louis Community College
St. Louis Community College
operates a 78-acre (320,000 m2) campus in Kirkwood, STLCC-Meramec. Meramec is the largest community college in Missouri, with over 12,000 undergraduate and transfer students. Economy[edit] Shop 'n Save, a grocery store chain, is headquartered in Kirkwood.[18] Religious organizations[edit] Kirkwood is the world headquarters of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod a confessional Lutheran denomination with 2.1 million members. Notable people[edit]

Scott Bakula, actor Mel Bay, author Jack Buechner, U.S. Congress member Edgar W. Denison, naturalist and author Nikki Glaser, comedian Trent Green, National Football League Geoffrey C. Hazard Jr., law professor Jeremy Maclin, National Football League Marianne Moore, poet and writer, born 1887 Bill Pleis, Major League Baseball Rodger O. Riney, broker and business executive David Sanborn, musician Brandon Williams, National Football League Mike Wood, National Football League Rick Stream, U.S Congress member

References[edit]

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United States
Census
Census
Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-07-08.  ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-08.  ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.  ^ "American FactFinder". United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States
United States
Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File
File
(QT-PL), Kirkwood city, Missouri". U.S. Census
Census
Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved October 21, 2011.  ^ [1] Archived November 15, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. ^ The City
City
Of Kirkwood - History Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1918). How Missouri
Missouri
Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 360.  ^ Kirkwood Neighborhood - St. Louis
St. Louis
Convention and Visitors Center ^ Turkey Day - Turkey Day Archived 2008-02-12 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Thompson, Danette (7 July 2009). "Magic House Anticipates Record Attendance This Year". stltoday.com. Retrieved 31 May 2013.  ^ ZAGATSURVEY U.S. Family Travel Guide: Sites & Attractions, Restaurants, Lodging. New York: Zagat Survey, LLC. 2004. p. 24. ISBN 1-57006-624-8.  ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States
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Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.  ^ " Census
Census
of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.  ^ "Kirkwood city, Missouri
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- Fact Sheet - American FactFinder". Factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2010-04-06.  ^ Stroud, Jerri. "Ground Broken, Work Stalled." St. Louis Post-Dispatch. May 3, 1989. Edition 5, Page 9a. Retrieved on August 19, 2009.

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of Kirkwood official website Kirkwood Area Chamber of Commerce Kirkwood Historical Society Kirkwood at the Open Directory Project "Kirkwood, Missouri
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photographs". University of Missouri–St. Louis.  Historic maps of Kirkwood in the Sanborn Maps of Missouri
Missouri
Collection at the University of Missouri

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Kirkwood, Missouri


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Kirkwood is an inner-ring western suburb of St. Louis
St. Louis
located in St. Louis County, Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the city's population was 27,540.[7] Founded in 1853, the city is named after James P. Kirkwood, builder of the Pacific Railroad through that town. It was the first planned suburb located west of the Mississippi River.[8][9]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Traditions

2 Geography 3 Demographics

3.1 2010 census 3.2 2000 census

4 Crime 5 Transportation

5.1 Rail 5.2 Bus 5.3 Road

6 Education

6.1 Primary and secondary schools 6.2 Colleges and universities

7 Economy 8 Religious organizations 9 Notable people 10 References 11 External links

History[edit] Plans for a new community close to St. Louis
St. Louis
began following the St. Louis Fire (1849) and the 1849 cholera outbreak that killed a tenth of the residents of downtown St. Louis. Kirkwood was the first suburban municipality built outside of the St. Louis
St. Louis
City
City
boundaries. Hiram W. Leffingwell and Richard Smith Elliott bought land 14 miles (23 km) from downtown in 1850 at about the same time James P. Kirkwood was laying out a route for the Pacific Railroad. Kirkwood was platted in 1852, and named for James P. Kirkwood, chief engineer of the Missouri
Missouri
Pacific Railroad.[10] When the railroad reached the community in 1853, the developers sold lots for the Kirkwood Association. Other Leffingwell developments were to include the construction of Grand Avenue and the establishment of Forest Park.[11] The original town plat including quarter section blocks and families could be a block estate of 5 acres (20,000 m2). Deed restrictions prohibited industrial development. The train station of Richardsonian Romanesque
Richardsonian Romanesque
style was built in 1893. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places
(NRHP), it has become a symbol of the town. It is the only station stop that Amtrak makes in the St. Louis
St. Louis
metropolitan area outside the central city. Among the four other buildings in Kirkwood listed on the NRHP is a Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright
house in Ebsworth Park Foundation. In 1895 the Meramec Highlands resort was built on the bluffs above the Meramec River. Kirkwood won the Arbor Day
Arbor Day
Growth Award in 1993, 1997, 2003, and 2004. The city also won the America in Bloom 2007 Community Involvement Criteria Award. Traditions[edit] The Greentree Festival is held every September. The Greentree Festival has many things to do such as arts and crafts for kids and many different foods from many different cultures. Greentree has been a tradition for over 50 years. Since 1961, it has been held in Kirkwood Park. The festival consists of a parade and a fair held in Kirkwood park. The festival was originally created to replace the drought-stricken trees in the park. The Kirkwood High School Pioneers and Webster Groves Statesmen alternate as hosts of the annual Turkey Day Game, the longest-running football high school Thanksgiving Day rivalry west of the Mississippi. The 100th anniversary game was in 2007.[12] The winner of the Turkey Day Game receives the Frisco Bell, while the loser gets the Little Brown Jug. The Kirkwood Farmers' Market
Farmers' Market
was founded in 1976. It is an outdoor market that has a variety of homegrown vegetables and fruits. There are more than 300 local businesses that contribute to the market. The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum
The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum
in Kirkwood has become a popular family attraction for the region. Originally opened in 1979, the Museum receives over 500,000 visitors annually and has been visited by more than 10 million people since its opening.[13] The Museum's original house was built in 1901 and has undergone several renovations and expansions. The Magic House was ranked by Zagat as America's top travel destination based on child appeal.[14]

Kirkwood Historic District

Geography[edit] Kirkwood is located at 38°34′50″N 90°24′51″W / 38.58056°N 90.41417°W / 38.58056; -90.41417 (38.580652, -90.414289).[15] According to the United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.20 square miles (23.83 km2), of which, 9.16 square miles (23.72 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.[2] Demographics[edit]

Historical population

Census Pop.

1880 1,280

1890 1,777

38.8%

1900 2,825

59.0%

1910 4,171

47.6%

1920 4,422

6.0%

1930 9,169

107.3%

1940 12,132

32.3%

1950 18,640

53.6%

1960 29,421

57.8%

1970 31,679

7.7%

1980 27,739

−12.4%

1990 27,291

−1.6%

2000 27,324

0.1%

2010 27,540

0.8%

Est. 2016 27,609 [4] 0.3%

U.S. Decennial Census[16]

2010 census[edit] As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 27,540 people in Kirkwood, 11,894 households, and 7,327 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,006.6 inhabitants per square mile (1,160.9/km2). There were 12,895 housing units at an average density of 1,407.8 per square mile (543.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96% White, 2.0% African American, 0.5% Native American, 1% Asian, 0.5% another race. There were 11,894 households of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.4% were non-families. 33.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.97. The median age in the city was 42.6 years. 23.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.8% were from 25 to 44; 29.8% were from 45 to 64; and 17.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.0% male and 54.0% female. 2000 census[edit] In 2000 there were 11,763.5 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.5% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.3% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.98. In the city, the population was spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 84.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.4 males. The median income for a household in the city was $70,261, and the median income for a family was $89,219.[17] Males had a median income of $51,515 versus $36,235 for females. The per capita income for the city was $32,012. About 2.8% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over. Crime[edit]

Kirkwood City
City
Hall where the scene of a spree shooting occurred in 2008.

The city is normally low in crime.[citation needed] In 2005, 2007 and 2008, Kirkwood was the site of three sensational events. On July 5, 2005, Kevin Johnson shot and killed Sgt. William McEntee, who was investigating a fireworks call when Johnson walked up and shot him several times. Johnson was upset with police because he thought that they were responsible for his younger brother's death (although the brother died from a heart condition). Johnson is currently on Missouri death row for the murder of McEntee. On January 12, 2007, Michael J. Devlin
Michael J. Devlin
was arrested for abducting 13-year-old William "Ben" Ownby. Police who were investigating the case had discovered that Ownby and also 15-year-old Shawn Hornbeck lived in Devlin's apartment. Hornbeck had been missing since he was 11 years old, when he was abducted from near his home in Richwoods, Missouri. The Shawn Hornbeck Foundation was set up to find him as well as other missing children.

Wikinews has related news: Gunman opens fire at Missouri
Missouri
city council meeting

On February 7, 2008, Kirkwood resident Charles L. "Cookie" Thornton shot many people at a Kirkwood city council session, killing five — Council Members Connie Karr and Michael H.T. Lynch, Public Works Director Kenneth Yost, and police officers Sgt. William Biggs and Tom Ballman. Sgt. Biggs was killed in the lot of a nearby Imo's Pizza restaurant. Thornton stole his gun and proceeded to enter the City Hall. Once inside, he killed Officer Ballman and opened fire on the city council. Kirkwood mayor Mike Swoboda and Suburban Journals reporter Todd Smith were injured. The gunman had a history of disruptive behavior and legal actions against the city government. The legal actions were related to ordinance violations and other issues with the police and the city council. Thornton was shot to death by additional police officers, all of whom responded after one of the fatally-shot officers was able to activate his emergency signal by radio. Within minutes, multiple officers were on the scene. Mayor Swoboda died later the same year on September 6, 2008, succumbing to cancer in addition to complications from the February shootings. Transportation[edit]

Kirkwood Amtrak
Amtrak
station, about 2009

Rail[edit] Kirkwood sits along the Jefferson City
City
Subdivision of the Union Pacific Railroad. Passenger rail service is provided by Amtrak. Kirkwood Station is located near the center of downtown Kirkwood and is a stop for Amtrak's Missouri
Missouri
River Runner. Bus[edit] Bus service in Kirkwood is provided by MetroBus (St. Louis). Service connects Kirkwood to other suburban communities and downtown St. Louis. Road[edit] Interstate Highway 270 runs along the western edge of Kirkwood. Interstate 44
Interstate 44
passes through the community along the southern portions of the city limits. Major surface streets include Manchester Road ( Missouri
Missouri
Route 100) bordering the city to the north, and US 61/67 (Lindbergh Boulevard) which runs north-south through downtown Kirkwood as Kirkwood Road. Education[edit] Primary and secondary schools[edit] Public education in Kirkwood falls under the Kirkwood R-7 School District, which includes five elementary schools, Tillman Elementary, North Glendale Elementary, Keysor Elementary, Robinson Elementary, and Westchester Elementary, two middle schools, Nipher Middle School and North Kirkwood Middle school, and a single high school, Kirkwood High School, which dates back to 1865 (the institution was originally in the building that houses Nipher Middle School today, not the current campus, which was first built in 1955). Upon graduation from elementary school, students from North Glendale, Robinson, and half of Tillman go to Nipher Middle School, and the remaining students from Keysor, Westchester, and the other half of Tillman go to North Kirkwood Middle School. The district covers all of Kirkwood as well as all or parts of the neighboring smaller communities of Des Peres, Frontenac, Glendale, Huntleigh, Oakland, and Warson Woods. St. John Vianney High School, a private Catholic school, is in Kirkwood. Colleges and universities[edit] St. Louis Community College
St. Louis Community College
operates a 78-acre (320,000 m2) campus in Kirkwood, STLCC-Meramec. Meramec is the largest community college in Missouri, with over 12,000 undergraduate and transfer students. Economy[edit] Shop 'n Save, a grocery store chain, is headquartered in Kirkwood.[18] Religious organizations[edit] Kirkwood is the world headquarters of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod a confessional Lutheran denomination with 2.1 million members. Notable people[edit]

Scott Bakula, actor Mel Bay, author Jack Buechner, U.S. Congress member Edgar W. Denison, naturalist and author Nikki Glaser, comedian Trent Green, National Football League Geoffrey C. Hazard Jr., law professor Jeremy Maclin, National Football League Marianne Moore, poet and writer, born 1887 Bill Pleis, Major League Baseball Rodger O. Riney, broker and business executive David Sanborn, musician Brandon Williams, National Football League Mike Wood, National Football League Rick Stream, U.S Congress member

References[edit]

^ http://www.kirkwoodmo.org/mm/files/Finance/2014/CAFR%202014.pdf ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-07-08.  ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-08.  ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.  ^ "American FactFinder". United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States
United States
Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File
File
(QT-PL), Kirkwood city, Missouri". U.S. Census
Census
Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved October 21, 2011.  ^ [1] Archived November 15, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. ^ The City
City
Of Kirkwood - History Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1918). How Missouri
Missouri
Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 360.  ^ Kirkwood Neighborhood - St. Louis
St. Louis
Convention and Visitors Center ^ Turkey Day - Turkey Day Archived 2008-02-12 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Thompson, Danette (7 July 2009). "Magic House Anticipates Record Attendance This Year". stltoday.com. Retrieved 31 May 2013.  ^ ZAGATSURVEY U.S. Family Travel Guide: Sites & Attractions, Restaurants, Lodging. New York: Zagat Survey, LLC. 2004. p. 24. ISBN 1-57006-624-8.  ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States
United States
Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.  ^ " Census
Census
of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.  ^ "Kirkwood city, Missouri
Missouri
- Fact Sheet - American FactFinder". Factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2010-04-06.  ^ Stroud, Jerri. "Ground Broken, Work Stalled." St. Louis Post-Dispatch. May 3, 1989. Edition 5, Page 9a. Retrieved on August 19, 2009.

External links[edit]

Missouri
Missouri
portal

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kirkwood, Missouri.

City
City
of Kirkwood official website Kirkwood Area Chamber of Commerce Kirkwood Historical Society Kirkwood at the Open Directory Project "Kirkwood, Missouri
Missouri
photographs". University of Missouri–St. Louis.  Historic maps of Kirkwood in the Sanborn Maps of Missouri
Missouri
Collection at the University of Missouri

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St. Louis
County, Missouri, United States

County seat: Clayton

Cities

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Villages

Bellerive Champ Country Life Acres Glen Echo Park Grantwood Village Hanley Hills Hillsdale Mackenzie Marlborough Norwood Court Pasadena Park Riverview Sycamore Hills Twin Oaks Uplands Park Westwood Wilbur Park

CDPs

Affton Castle Point Concord Glasgow Village Lemay Mehlville Oakville Old Jamestown Sappington Spanish Lake

Other unincorporated communities

Ascalon Carsonville Earth City Glencoe Grover Peerless Park St. George Sherman Times Beach

Townships

Airport Bonhomme Chesterfield Clayton Concord Creve Coeur Ferguson Florissant Gravois Hadley Township Halls Ferry Jefferson Lafayette Lemay Lewis and Clark Maryland Heights Meramec Midland Missouri
Missouri
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Footnotes

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Largest towns and villages (over 10,000 in 2010)

Bellefontaine Neighbors Bridgeton Cahokia Clayton Concord CDP Crestwood Creve Coeur Dardenne Prairie Fairview Heights Farmington Festus Glen Carbon Godfrey Jennings Lake St. Louis Lemay CDP Manchester Overland Old Jamestown CDP St. Ann Shiloh Swansea Town and Country Troy, Missouri Union Washington Wood River

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Counties

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St. Louis
City St. Louis
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County Warren Washington

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Counties

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City
(capital)

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Columbia Jefferson City Joplin Kansas City Springfield St. Joseph St. Louis

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Kirkwood, Missouri


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Kirkwood is an inner-ring western suburb of St. Louis
St. Louis
located in St. Louis County, Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the city's population was 27,540.[7] Founded in 1853, the city is named after James P. Kirkwood, builder of the Pacific Railroad through that town. It was the first planned suburb located west of the Mississippi River.[8][9]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Traditions

2 Geography 3 Demographics

3.1 2010 census 3.2 2000 census

4 Crime 5 Transportation

5.1 Rail 5.2 Bus 5.3 Road

6 Education

6.1 Primary and secondary schools 6.2 Colleges and universities

7 Economy 8 Religious organizations 9 Notable people 10 References 11 External links

History[edit] Plans for a new community close to St. Louis
St. Louis
began following the St. Louis Fire (1849) and the 1849 cholera outbreak that killed a tenth of the residents of downtown St. Louis. Kirkwood was the first suburban municipality built outside of the St. Louis
St. Louis
City
City
boundaries. Hiram W. Leffingwell and Richard Smith Elliott bought land 14 miles (23 km) from downtown in 1850 at about the same time James P. Kirkwood was laying out a route for the Pacific Railroad. Kirkwood was platted in 1852, and named for James P. Kirkwood, chief engineer of the Missouri
Missouri
Pacific Railroad.[10] When the railroad reached the community in 1853, the developers sold lots for the Kirkwood Association. Other Leffingwell developments were to include the construction of Grand Avenue and the establishment of Forest Park.[11] The original town plat including quarter section blocks and families could be a block estate of 5 acres (20,000 m2). Deed restrictions prohibited industrial development. The train station of Richardsonian Romanesque
Richardsonian Romanesque
style was built in 1893. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places
(NRHP), it has become a symbol of the town. It is the only station stop that Amtrak makes in the St. Louis
St. Louis
metropolitan area outside the central city. Among the four other buildings in Kirkwood listed on the NRHP is a Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright
house in Ebsworth Park Foundation. In 1895 the Meramec Highlands resort was built on the bluffs above the Meramec River. Kirkwood won the Arbor Day
Arbor Day
Growth Award in 1993, 1997, 2003, and 2004. The city also won the America in Bloom 2007 Community Involvement Criteria Award. Traditions[edit] The Greentree Festival is held every September. The Greentree Festival has many things to do such as arts and crafts for kids and many different foods from many different cultures. Greentree has been a tradition for over 50 years. Since 1961, it has been held in Kirkwood Park. The festival consists of a parade and a fair held in Kirkwood park. The festival was originally created to replace the drought-stricken trees in the park. The Kirkwood High School Pioneers and Webster Groves Statesmen alternate as hosts of the annual Turkey Day Game, the longest-running football high school Thanksgiving Day rivalry west of the Mississippi. The 100th anniversary game was in 2007.[12] The winner of the Turkey Day Game receives the Frisco Bell, while the loser gets the Little Brown Jug. The Kirkwood Farmers' Market
Farmers' Market
was founded in 1976. It is an outdoor market that has a variety of homegrown vegetables and fruits. There are more than 300 local businesses that contribute to the market. The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum
The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum
in Kirkwood has become a popular family attraction for the region. Originally opened in 1979, the Museum receives over 500,000 visitors annually and has been visited by more than 10 million people since its opening.[13] The Museum's original house was built in 1901 and has undergone several renovations and expansions. The Magic House was ranked by Zagat as America's top travel destination based on child appeal.[14]

Kirkwood Historic District

Geography[edit] Kirkwood is located at 38°34′50″N 90°24′51″W / 38.58056°N 90.41417°W / 38.58056; -90.41417 (38.580652, -90.414289).[15] According to the United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.20 square miles (23.83 km2), of which, 9.16 square miles (23.72 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.[2] Demographics[edit]

Historical population

Census Pop.

1880 1,280

1890 1,777

38.8%

1900 2,825

59.0%

1910 4,171

47.6%

1920 4,422

6.0%

1930 9,169

107.3%

1940 12,132

32.3%

1950 18,640

53.6%

1960 29,421

57.8%

1970 31,679

7.7%

1980 27,739

−12.4%

1990 27,291

−1.6%

2000 27,324

0.1%

2010 27,540

0.8%

Est. 2016 27,609 [4] 0.3%

U.S. Decennial Census[16]

2010 census[edit] As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 27,540 people in Kirkwood, 11,894 households, and 7,327 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,006.6 inhabitants per square mile (1,160.9/km2). There were 12,895 housing units at an average density of 1,407.8 per square mile (543.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96% White, 2.0% African American, 0.5% Native American, 1% Asian, 0.5% another race. There were 11,894 households of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.4% were non-families. 33.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.97. The median age in the city was 42.6 years. 23.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.8% were from 25 to 44; 29.8% were from 45 to 64; and 17.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.0% male and 54.0% female. 2000 census[edit] In 2000 there were 11,763.5 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.5% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.3% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.98. In the city, the population was spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 84.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.4 males. The median income for a household in the city was $70,261, and the median income for a family was $89,219.[17] Males had a median income of $51,515 versus $36,235 for females. The per capita income for the city was $32,012. About 2.8% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over. Crime[edit]

Kirkwood City
City
Hall where the scene of a spree shooting occurred in 2008.

The city is normally low in crime.[citation needed] In 2005, 2007 and 2008, Kirkwood was the site of three sensational events. On July 5, 2005, Kevin Johnson shot and killed Sgt. William McEntee, who was investigating a fireworks call when Johnson walked up and shot him several times. Johnson was upset with police because he thought that they were responsible for his younger brother's death (although the brother died from a heart condition). Johnson is currently on Missouri death row for the murder of McEntee. On January 12, 2007, Michael J. Devlin
Michael J. Devlin
was arrested for abducting 13-year-old William "Ben" Ownby. Police who were investigating the case had discovered that Ownby and also 15-year-old Shawn Hornbeck lived in Devlin's apartment. Hornbeck had been missing since he was 11 years old, when he was abducted from near his home in Richwoods, Missouri. The Shawn Hornbeck Foundation was set up to find him as well as other missing children.

Wikinews has related news: Gunman opens fire at Missouri
Missouri
city council meeting

On February 7, 2008, Kirkwood resident Charles L. "Cookie" Thornton shot many people at a Kirkwood city council session, killing five — Council Members Connie Karr and Michael H.T. Lynch, Public Works Director Kenneth Yost, and police officers Sgt. William Biggs and Tom Ballman. Sgt. Biggs was killed in the lot of a nearby Imo's Pizza restaurant. Thornton stole his gun and proceeded to enter the City Hall. Once inside, he killed Officer Ballman and opened fire on the city council. Kirkwood mayor Mike Swoboda and Suburban Journals reporter Todd Smith were injured. The gunman had a history of disruptive behavior and legal actions against the city government. The legal actions were related to ordinance violations and other issues with the police and the city council. Thornton was shot to death by additional police officers, all of whom responded after one of the fatally-shot officers was able to activate his emergency signal by radio. Within minutes, multiple officers were on the scene. Mayor Swoboda died later the same year on September 6, 2008, succumbing to cancer in addition to complications from the February shootings. Transportation[edit]

Kirkwood Amtrak
Amtrak
station, about 2009

Rail[edit] Kirkwood sits along the Jefferson City
City
Subdivision of the Union Pacific Railroad. Passenger rail service is provided by Amtrak. Kirkwood Station is located near the center of downtown Kirkwood and is a stop for Amtrak's Missouri
Missouri
River Runner. Bus[edit] Bus service in Kirkwood is provided by MetroBus (St. Louis). Service connects Kirkwood to other suburban communities and downtown St. Louis. Road[edit] Interstate Highway 270 runs along the western edge of Kirkwood. Interstate 44
Interstate 44
passes through the community along the southern portions of the city limits. Major surface streets include Manchester Road ( Missouri
Missouri
Route 100) bordering the city to the north, and US 61/67 (Lindbergh Boulevard) which runs north-south through downtown Kirkwood as Kirkwood Road. Education[edit] Primary and secondary schools[edit] Public education in Kirkwood falls under the Kirkwood R-7 School District, which includes five elementary schools, Tillman Elementary, North Glendale Elementary, Keysor Elementary, Robinson Elementary, and Westchester Elementary, two middle schools, Nipher Middle School and North Kirkwood Middle school, and a single high school, Kirkwood High School, which dates back to 1865 (the institution was originally in the building that houses Nipher Middle School today, not the current campus, which was first built in 1955). Upon graduation from elementary school, students from North Glendale, Robinson, and half of Tillman go to Nipher Middle School, and the remaining students from Keysor, Westchester, and the other half of Tillman go to North Kirkwood Middle School. The district covers all of Kirkwood as well as all or parts of the neighboring smaller communities of Des Peres, Frontenac, Glendale, Huntleigh, Oakland, and Warson Woods. St. John Vianney High School, a private Catholic school, is in Kirkwood. Colleges and universities[edit] St. Louis Community College
St. Louis Community College
operates a 78-acre (320,000 m2) campus in Kirkwood, STLCC-Meramec. Meramec is the largest community college in Missouri, with over 12,000 undergraduate and transfer students. Economy[edit] Shop 'n Save, a grocery store chain, is headquartered in Kirkwood.[18] Religious organizations[edit] Kirkwood is the world headquarters of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod a confessional Lutheran denomination with 2.1 million members. Notable people[edit]

Scott Bakula, actor Mel Bay, author Jack Buechner, U.S. Congress member Edgar W. Denison, naturalist and author Nikki Glaser, comedian Trent Green, National Football League Geoffrey C. Hazard Jr., law professor Jeremy Maclin, National Football League Marianne Moore, poet and writer, born 1887 Bill Pleis, Major League Baseball Rodger O. Riney, broker and business executive David Sanborn, musician Brandon Williams, National Football League Mike Wood, National Football League Rick Stream, U.S Congress member

References[edit]

^ http://www.kirkwoodmo.org/mm/files/Finance/2014/CAFR%202014.pdf ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-07-08.  ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-08.  ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.  ^ "American FactFinder". United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States
United States
Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File
File
(QT-PL), Kirkwood city, Missouri". U.S. Census
Census
Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved October 21, 2011.  ^ [1] Archived November 15, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. ^ The City
City
Of Kirkwood - History Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1918). How Missouri
Missouri
Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 360.  ^ Kirkwood Neighborhood - St. Louis
St. Louis
Convention and Visitors Center ^ Turkey Day - Turkey Day Archived 2008-02-12 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Thompson, Danette (7 July 2009). "Magic House Anticipates Record Attendance This Year". stltoday.com. Retrieved 31 May 2013.  ^ ZAGATSURVEY U.S. Family Travel Guide: Sites & Attractions, Restaurants, Lodging. New York: Zagat Survey, LLC. 2004. p. 24. ISBN 1-57006-624-8.  ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States
United States
Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.  ^ " Census
Census
of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.  ^ "Kirkwood city, Missouri
Missouri
- Fact Sheet - American FactFinder". Factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2010-04-06.  ^ Stroud, Jerri. "Ground Broken, Work Stalled." St. Louis Post-Dispatch. May 3, 1989. Edition 5, Page 9a. Retrieved on August 19, 2009.

External links[edit]

Missouri
Missouri
portal

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kirkwood, Missouri.

City
City
of Kirkwood official website Kirkwood Area Chamber of Commerce Kirkwood Historical Society Kirkwood at the Open Directory Project "Kirkwood, Missouri
Missouri
photographs". University of Missouri–St. Louis.  Historic maps of Kirkwood in the Sanborn Maps of Missouri
Missouri
Collection at the University of Missouri

v t e

Municipalities and communities of St. Louis
St. Louis
County, Missouri, United States

County seat: Clayton

Cities

Ballwin Bel-Nor Bel-Ridge Bella Villa Bellefontaine Neighbors Berkeley Beverly Hills Black Jack Breckenridge Hills Brentwood Bridgeton Calverton Park Charlack Chesterfield Clarkson Valley Clayton Cool Valley Country Club Hills Crestwood Creve Coeur Crystal Lake Park Dellwood Des Peres Edmundson Ellisville Eureka Fenton Ferguson Flordell Hills Florissant Frontenac Glendale Green Park Greendale Hazelwood Huntleigh Jennings Kinloch Kirkwood Ladue Lakeshire Manchester Maplewood Maryland Heights Moline Acres Normandy Northwoods Oakland Olivette Overland Pacific‡ Pagedale Pasadena Hills Pine Lawn Richmond Heights Rock Hill Shrewsbury St. Ann St. John Sunset Hills Town and Country University City Valley Park Velda City Velda Village Hills Vinita Park Warson Woods Webster Groves Wellston Wildwood Winchester Woodson Terrace

Villages

Bellerive Champ Country Life Acres Glen Echo Park Grantwood Village Hanley Hills Hillsdale Mackenzie Marlborough Norwood Court Pasadena Park Riverview Sycamore Hills Twin Oaks Uplands Park Westwood Wilbur Park

CDPs

Affton Castle Point Concord Glasgow Village Lemay Mehlville Oakville Old Jamestown Sappington Spanish Lake

Other unincorporated communities

Ascalon Carsonville Earth City Glencoe Grover Peerless Park St. George Sherman Times Beach

Townships

Airport Bonhomme Chesterfield Clayton Concord Creve Coeur Ferguson Florissant Gravois Hadley Township Halls Ferry Jefferson Lafayette Lemay Lewis and Clark Maryland Heights Meramec Midland Missouri
Missouri
River Normandy Northwest Norwood Oakville Queeny Spanish Lake St. Ferdinand Tesson Ferry University

Footnotes

‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties See also Municipalities of St. Louis
St. Louis
County, Missouri

v t e

Greater St. Louis

Illinois Missouri United States
United States
of America

Topics

Culture Crime Economy Education History Parks Transportation

Central city

St. Louis

Largest cities (over 50,000 in 2010)

Florissant O'Fallon, Missouri St. Charles St. Peters

Medium-sized cities (over 20,000 in 2010)

Affton CDP Alton Arnold Ballwin Belleville Chesterfield Collinsville East St. Louis Edwardsville Ferguson Granite City Hazelwood Kirkwood Maryland Heights Mehlville CDP Oakville CDP O'Fallon, Illinois Spanish Lake CDP University City Webster Groves Wentzville Wildwood

Largest towns and villages (over 10,000 in 2010)

Bellefontaine Neighbors Bridgeton Cahokia Clayton Concord CDP Crestwood Creve Coeur Dardenne Prairie Fairview Heights Farmington Festus Glen Carbon Godfrey Jennings Lake St. Louis Lemay CDP Manchester Overland Old Jamestown CDP St. Ann Shiloh Swansea Town and Country Troy, Missouri Union Washington Wood River

Missouri
Missouri
Counties

Franklin Jefferson Lincoln St. Charles St. Francois St. Louis
St. Louis
City St. Louis
St. Louis
County Warren Washington

Illinois
Illinois
Counties

Bond Calhoun Clinton Jersey Macoupin Madison Monroe St. Clair

Subregions

Metro East Westplex

v t e

 State of Missouri

Jefferson City
City
(capital)

Topics

Government Delegations Geography Transportation History People Battles Tourist attractions

Seal of Missouri

Society

Culture Crime Demographics Economy Education Politics

Regions

Boonslick Bootheel Crowley's Ridge Dissected Till Plains Four State Area Henry Shaw Ozark Corridor Honey Lands Lead Belt Lincoln Hills Little Dixie Loess Hills Mid-Missouri Mississippi Embayment Missouri
Missouri
Rhineland Northern Plains Osage Plains Ozark Plateau Platte Purchase Pony Express St. Francois Mountains Westplex

Metro areas

Columbia Jefferson City Joplin Kansas City Springfield St. Joseph St. Louis

Largest cities

Kansas City St. Louis Springfield Columbia Independence Lee's Summit O'Fallon St. Joseph St. Charles St. Peters Blue Springs Joplin Florissant Chesterfield Jefferson City Cape Girardeau Wentzville Wildwood University City Liberty Ballwin Raytown Kirkwood Maryland Heights Gladstone Hazelwood Grandview

Counties and independent cities

Adair Andrew Atchison Audrain Barry Barton Bates Benton Bollinger Boone Buchanan Butler Caldwell Callaway Camden Cape Girardeau Carroll Carter Cass Cedar Chariton Christian Clark Clay Clinton Cole Cooper Crawford Dade Dallas Daviess DeKalb Dent Douglas Dunklin Franklin Gasconade Gentry Greene Grundy Harrison Henry Hickory Holt Howard Howell Iron Jackson Jasper Jefferson Johnson Knox Laclede Lafayette Lawrence Lewis Lincoln Linn Livingston Macon Madison Maries Marion McDonald Mercer Miller Mississippi Moniteau Monroe Montgomery Morgan New Madrid Newton Nodaway Oregon Osage Ozark Pemiscot Perry Pettis Phelps Pike Platte Polk Pulaski Putnam Ralls Randolph Ray Reynolds Ripley St. Charles St. Clair St. Francois St. Louis
St. Louis
(City) St. Louis
St. Louis
(County) Ste. Genevieve Saline Schuyler Scotland Scott Shannon Shelby Stoddard Stone Sullivan Taney Texas Vernon Warren Washington Wayne We

.
Kirkwood, Missouri


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Kirkwood is an inner-ring western suburb of St. Louis
St. Louis
located in St. Louis County, Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the city's population was 27,540.[7] Founded in 1853, the city is named after James P. Kirkwood, builder of the Pacific Railroad through that town. It was the first planned suburb located west of the Mississippi River.[8][9]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Traditions

2 Geography 3 Demographics

3.1 2010 census 3.2 2000 census

4 Crime 5 Transportation

5.1 Rail 5.2 Bus 5.3 Road

6 Education

6.1 Primary and secondary schools 6.2 Colleges and universities

7 Economy 8 Religious organizations 9 Notable people 10 References 11 External links

History[edit] Plans for a new community close to St. Louis
St. Louis
began following the St. Louis Fire (1849) and the 1849 cholera outbreak that killed a tenth of the residents of downtown St. Louis. Kirkwood was the first suburban municipality built outside of the St. Louis
St. Louis
City
City
boundaries. Hiram W. Leffingwell and Richard Smith Elliott bought land 14 miles (23 km) from downtown in 1850 at about the same time James P. Kirkwood was laying out a route for the Pacific Railroad. Kirkwood was platted in 1852, and named for James P. Kirkwood, chief engineer of the Missouri
Missouri
Pacific Railroad.[10] When the railroad reached the community in 1853, the developers sold lots for the Kirkwood Association. Other Leffingwell developments were to include the construction of Grand Avenue and the establishment of Forest Park.[11] The original town plat including quarter section blocks and families could be a block estate of 5 acres (20,000 m2). Deed restrictions prohibited industrial development. The train station of Richardsonian Romanesque
Richardsonian Romanesque
style was built in 1893. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places
(NRHP), it has become a symbol of the town. It is the only station stop that Amtrak makes in the St. Louis
St. Louis
metropolitan area outside the central city. Among the four other buildings in Kirkwood listed on the NRHP is a Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright
house in Ebsworth Park Foundation. In 1895 the Meramec Highlands resort was built on the bluffs above the Meramec River. Kirkwood won the Arbor Day
Arbor Day
Growth Award in 1993, 1997, 2003, and 2004. The city also won the America in Bloom 2007 Community Involvement Criteria Award. Traditions[edit] The Greentree Festival is held every September. The Greentree Festival has many things to do such as arts and crafts for kids and many different foods from many different cultures. Greentree has been a tradition for over 50 years. Since 1961, it has been held in Kirkwood Park. The festival consists of a parade and a fair held in Kirkwood park. The festival was originally created to replace the drought-stricken trees in the park. The Kirkwood High School Pioneers and Webster Groves Statesmen alternate as hosts of the annual Turkey Day Game, the longest-running football high school Thanksgiving Day rivalry west of the Mississippi. The 100th anniversary game was in 2007.[12] The winner of the Turkey Day Game receives the Frisco Bell, while the loser gets the Little Brown Jug. The Kirkwood Farmers' Market
Farmers' Market
was founded in 1976. It is an outdoor market that has a variety of homegrown vegetables and fruits. There are more than 300 local businesses that contribute to the market. The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum
The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum
in Kirkwood has become a popular family attraction for the region. Originally opened in 1979, the Museum receives over 500,000 visitors annually and has been visited by more than 10 million people since its opening.[13] The Museum's original house was built in 1901 and has undergone several renovations and expansions. The Magic House was ranked by Zagat as America's top travel destination based on child appeal.[14]

Kirkwood Historic District

Geography[edit] Kirkwood is located at 38°34′50″N 90°24′51″W / 38.58056°N 90.41417°W / 38.58056; -90.41417 (38.580652, -90.414289).[15] According to the United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.20 square miles (23.83 km2), of which, 9.16 square miles (23.72 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.[2] Demographics[edit]

Historical population

Census Pop.

1880 1,280

1890 1,777

38.8%

1900 2,825

59.0%

1910 4,171

47.6%

1920 4,422

6.0%

1930 9,169

107.3%

1940 12,132

32.3%

1950 18,640

53.6%

1960 29,421

57.8%

1970 31,679

7.7%

1980 27,739

−12.4%

1990 27,291

−1.6%

2000 27,324

0.1%

2010 27,540

0.8%

Est. 2016 27,609 [4] 0.3%

U.S. Decennial Census[16]

2010 census[edit] As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 27,540 people in Kirkwood, 11,894 households, and 7,327 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,006.6 inhabitants per square mile (1,160.9/km2). There were 12,895 housing units at an average density of 1,407.8 per square mile (543.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96% White, 2.0% African American, 0.5% Native American, 1% Asian, 0.5% another race. There were 11,894 households of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.4% were non-families. 33.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.97. The median age in the city was 42.6 years. 23.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.8% were from 25 to 44; 29.8% were from 45 to 64; and 17.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.0% male and 54.0% female. 2000 census[edit] In 2000 there were 11,763.5 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.5% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.3% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.98. In the city, the population was spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 84.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.4 males. The median income for a household in the city was $70,261, and the median income for a family was $89,219.[17] Males had a median income of $51,515 versus $36,235 for females. The per capita income for the city was $32,012. About 2.8% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over. Crime[edit]

Kirkwood City
City
Hall where the scene of a spree shooting occurred in 2008.

The city is normally low in crime.[citation needed] In 2005, 2007 and 2008, Kirkwood was the site of three sensational events. On July 5, 2005, Kevin Johnson shot and killed Sgt. William McEntee, who was investigating a fireworks call when Johnson walked up and shot him several times. Johnson was upset with police because he thought that they were responsible for his younger brother's death (although the brother died from a heart condition). Johnson is currently on Missouri death row for the murder of McEntee. On January 12, 2007, Michael J. Devlin
Michael J. Devlin
was arrested for abducting 13-year-old William "Ben" Ownby. Police who were investigating the case had discovered that Ownby and also 15-year-old Shawn Hornbeck lived in Devlin's apartment. Hornbeck had been missing since he was 11 years old, when he was abducted from near his home in Richwoods, Missouri. The Shawn Hornbeck Foundation was set up to find him as well as other missing children.

Wikinews has related news: Gunman opens fire at Missouri
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city council meeting

On February 7, 2008, Kirkwood resident Charles L. "Cookie" Thornton shot many people at a Kirkwood city council session, killing five — Council Members Connie Karr and Michael H.T. Lynch, Public Works Director Kenneth Yost, and police officers Sgt. William Biggs and Tom Ballman. Sgt. Biggs was killed in the lot of a nearby Imo's Pizza restaurant. Thornton stole his gun and proceeded to enter the City Hall. Once inside, he killed Officer Ballman and opened fire on the city council. Kirkwood mayor Mike Swoboda and Suburban Journals reporter Todd Smith were injured. The gunman had a history of disruptive behavior and legal actions against the city government. The legal actions were related to ordinance violations and other issues with the police and the city council. Thornton was shot to death by additional police officers, all of whom responded after one of the fatally-shot officers was able to activate his emergency signal by radio. Within minutes, multiple officers were on the scene. Mayor Swoboda died later the same year on September 6, 2008, succumbing to cancer in addition to complications from the February shootings. Transportation[edit]

Kirkwood Amtrak
Amtrak
station, about 2009

Rail[edit] Kirkwood sits along the Jefferson City
City
Subdivision of the Union Pacific Railroad. Passenger rail service is provided by Amtrak. Kirkwood Station is located near the center of downtown Kirkwood and is a stop for Amtrak's Missouri
Missouri
River Runner. Bus[edit] Bus service in Kirkwood is provided by MetroBus (St. Louis). Service connects Kirkwood to other suburban communities and downtown St. Louis. Road[edit] Interstate Highway 270 runs along the western edge of Kirkwood. Interstate 44
Interstate 44
passes through the community along the southern portions of the city limits. Major surface streets include Manchester Road ( Missouri
Missouri
Route 100) bordering the city to the north, and US 61/67 (Lindbergh Boulevard) which runs north-south through downtown Kirkwood as Kirkwood Road. Education[edit] Primary and secondary schools[edit] Public education in Kirkwood falls under the Kirkwood R-7 School District, which includes five elementary schools, Tillman Elementary, North Glendale Elementary, Keysor Elementary, Robinson Elementary, and Westchester Elementary, two middle schools, Nipher Middle School and North Kirkwood Middle school, and a single high school, Kirkwood High School, which dates back to 1865 (the institution was originally in the building that houses Nipher Middle School today, not the current campus, which was first built in 1955). Upon graduation from elementary school, students from North Glendale, Robinson, and half of Tillman go to Nipher Middle School, and the remaining students from Keysor, Westchester, and the other half of Tillman go to North Kirkwood Middle School. The district covers all of Kirkwood as well as all or parts of the neighboring smaller communities of Des Peres, Frontenac, Glendale, Huntleigh, Oakland, and Warson Woods. St. John Vianney High School, a private Catholic school, is in Kirkwood. Colleges and universities[edit] St. Louis Community College
St. Louis Community College
operates a 78-acre (320,000 m2) campus in Kirkwood, STLCC-Meramec. Meramec is the largest community college in Missouri, with over 12,000 undergraduate and transfer students. Economy[edit] Shop 'n Save, a grocery store chain, is headquartered in Kirkwood.[18] Religious organizations[edit] Kirkwood is the world headquarters of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod a confessional Lutheran denomination with 2.1 million members. Notable people[edit]

Scott Bakula, actor Mel Bay, author Jack Buechner, U.S. Congress member Edgar W. Denison, naturalist and author Nikki Glaser, comedian Trent Green, National Football League Geoffrey C. Hazard Jr., law professor Jeremy Maclin, National Football League Marianne Moore, poet and writer, born 1887 Bill Pleis, Major League Baseball Rodger O. Riney, broker and business executive David Sanborn, musician Brandon Williams, National Football League Mike Wood, National Football League Rick Stream, U.S Congress member

References[edit]

^ http://www.kirkwoodmo.org/mm/files/Finance/2014/CAFR%202014.pdf ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-07-08.  ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-08.  ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.  ^ "American FactFinder". United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States
United States
Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File
File
(QT-PL), Kirkwood city, Missouri". U.S. Census
Census
Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved October 21, 2011.  ^ [1] Archived November 15, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. ^ The City
City
Of Kirkwood - History Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1918). How Missouri
Missouri
Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 360.  ^ Kirkwood Neighborhood - St. Louis
St. Louis
Convention and Visitors Center ^ Turkey Day - Turkey Day Archived 2008-02-12 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Thompson, Danette (7 July 2009). "Magic House Anticipates Record Attendance This Year". stltoday.com. Retrieved 31 May 2013.  ^ ZAGATSURVEY U.S. Family Travel Guide: Sites & Attractions, Restaurants, Lodging. New York: Zagat Survey, LLC. 2004. p. 24. ISBN 1-57006-624-8.  ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States
United States
Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.  ^ " Census
Census
of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.  ^ "Kirkwood city, Missouri
Missouri
- Fact Sheet - American FactFinder". Factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2010-04-06.  ^ Stroud, Jerri. "Ground Broken, Work Stalled." St. Louis Post-Dispatch. May 3, 1989. Edition 5, Page 9a. Retrieved on August 19, 2009.

External links[edit]

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City
of Kirkwood official website Kirkwood Area Chamber of Commerce Kirkwood Historical Society Kirkwood at the Open Directory Project "Kirkwood, Missouri
Missouri
photographs". University of Missouri–St. Louis.  Historic maps of Kirkwood in the Sanborn Maps of Missouri
Missouri
Collection at the University of Missouri

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Kirkwood, Missouri


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Kirkwood is an inner-ring western suburb of St. Louis
St. Louis
located in St. Louis County, Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the city's population was 27,540.[7] Founded in 1853, the city is named after James P. Kirkwood, builder of the Pacific Railroad through that town. It was the first planned suburb located west of the Mississippi River.[8][9]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Traditions

2 Geography 3 Demographics

3.1 2010 census 3.2 2000 census

4 Crime 5 Transportation

5.1 Rail 5.2 Bus 5.3 Road

6 Education

6.1 Primary and secondary schools 6.2 Colleges and universities

7 Economy 8 Religious organizations 9 Notable people 10 References 11 External links

History[edit] Plans for a new community close to St. Louis
St. Louis
began following the St. Louis Fire (1849) and the 1849 cholera outbreak that killed a tenth of the residents of downtown St. Louis. Kirkwood was the first suburban municipality built outside of the St. Louis
St. Louis
City
City
boundaries. Hiram W. Leffingwell and Richard Smith Elliott bought land 14 miles (23 km) from downtown in 1850 at about the same time James P. Kirkwood was laying out a route for the Pacific Railroad. Kirkwood was platted in 1852, and named for James P. Kirkwood, chief engineer of the Missouri
Missouri
Pacific Railroad.[10] When the railroad reached the community in 1853, the developers sold lots for the Kirkwood Association. Other Leffingwell developments were to include the construction of Grand Avenue and the establishment of Forest Park.[11] The original town plat including quarter section blocks and families could be a block estate of 5 acres (20,000 m2). Deed restrictions prohibited industrial development. The train station of Richardsonian Romanesque
Richardsonian Romanesque
style was built in 1893. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places
(NRHP), it has become a symbol of the town. It is the only station stop that Amtrak makes in the St. Louis
St. Louis
metropolitan area outside the central city. Among the four other buildings in Kirkwood listed on the NRHP is a Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright
house in Ebsworth Park Foundation. In 1895 the Meramec Highlands resort was built on the bluffs above the Meramec River. Kirkwood won the Arbor Day
Arbor Day
Growth Award in 1993, 1997, 2003, and 2004. The city also won the America in Bloom 2007 Community Involvement Criteria Award. Traditions[edit] The Greentree Festival is held every September. The Greentree Festival has many things to do such as arts and crafts for kids and many different foods from many different cultures. Greentree has been a tradition for over 50 years. Since 1961, it has been held in Kirkwood Park. The festival consists of a parade and a fair held in Kirkwood park. The festival was originally created to replace the drought-stricken trees in the park. The Kirkwood High School Pioneers and Webster Groves Statesmen alternate as hosts of the annual Turkey Day Game, the longest-running football high school Thanksgiving Day rivalry west of the Mississippi. The 100th anniversary game was in 2007.[12] The winner of the Turkey Day Game receives the Frisco Bell, while the loser gets the Little Brown Jug. The Kirkwood Farmers' Market
Farmers' Market
was founded in 1976. It is an outdoor market that has a variety of homegrown vegetables and fruits. There are more than 300 local businesses that contribute to the market. The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum
The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum
in Kirkwood has become a popular family attraction for the region. Originally opened in 1979, the Museum receives over 500,000 visitors annually and has been visited by more than 10 million people since its opening.[13] The Museum's original house was built in 1901 and has undergone several renovations and expansions. The Magic House was ranked by Zagat as America's top travel destination based on child appeal.[14]

Kirkwood Historic District

Geography[edit] Kirkwood is located at 38°34′50″N 90°24′51″W / 38.58056°N 90.41417°W / 38.58056; -90.41417 (38.580652, -90.414289).[15] According to the United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.20 square miles (23.83 km2), of which, 9.16 square miles (23.72 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.[2] Demographics[edit]

Historical population

Census Pop.

1880 1,280

1890 1,777

38.8%

1900 2,825

59.0%

1910 4,171

47.6%

1920 4,422

6.0%

1930 9,169

107.3%

1940 12,132

32.3%

1950 18,640

53.6%

1960 29,421

57.8%

1970 31,679

7.7%

1980 27,739

−12.4%

1990 27,291

−1.6%

2000 27,324

0.1%

2010 27,540

0.8%

Est. 2016 27,609 [4] 0.3%

U.S. Decennial Census[16]

2010 census[edit] As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 27,540 people in Kirkwood, 11,894 households, and 7,327 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,006.6 inhabitants per square mile (1,160.9/km2). There were 12,895 housing units at an average density of 1,407.8 per square mile (543.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96% White, 2.0% African American, 0.5% Native American, 1% Asian, 0.5% another race. There were 11,894 households of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.4% were non-families. 33.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.97. The median age in the city was 42.6 years. 23.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.8% were from 25 to 44; 29.8% were from 45 to 64; and 17.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.0% male and 54.0% female. 2000 census[edit] In 2000 there were 11,763.5 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.5% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.3% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.98. In the city, the population was spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 84.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.4 males. The median income for a household in the city was $70,261, and the median income for a family was $89,219.[17] Males had a median income of $51,515 versus $36,235 for females. The per capita income for the city was $32,012. About 2.8% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over. Crime[edit]

Kirkwood City
City
Hall where the scene of a spree shooting occurred in 2008.

The city is normally low in crime.[citation needed] In 2005, 2007 and 2008, Kirkwood was the site of three sensational events. On July 5, 2005, Kevin Johnson shot and killed Sgt. William McEntee, who was investigating a fireworks call when Johnson walked up and shot him several times. Johnson was upset with police because he thought that they were responsible for his younger brother's death (although the brother died from a heart condition). Johnson is currently on Missouri death row for the murder of McEntee. On January 12, 2007, Michael J. Devlin
Michael J. Devlin
was arrested for abducting 13-year-old William "Ben" Ownby. Police who were investigating the case had discovered that Ownby and also 15-year-old Shawn Hornbeck lived in Devlin's apartment. Hornbeck had been missing since he was 11 years old, when he was abducted from near his home in Richwoods, Missouri. The Shawn Hornbeck Foundation was set up to find him as well as other missing children.

Wikinews has related news: Gunman opens fire at Missouri
Missouri
city council meeting

On February 7, 2008, Kirkwood resident Charles L. "Cookie" Thornton shot many people at a Kirkwood city council session, killing five — Council Members Connie Karr and Michael H.T. Lynch, Public Works Director Kenneth Yost, and police officers Sgt. William Biggs and Tom Ballman. Sgt. Biggs was killed in the lot of a nearby Imo's Pizza restaurant. Thornton stole his gun and proceeded to enter the City Hall. Once inside, he killed Officer Ballman and opened fire on the city council. Kirkwood mayor Mike Swoboda and Suburban Journals reporter Todd Smith were injured. The gunman had a history of disruptive behavior and legal actions against the city government. The legal actions were related to ordinance violations and other issues with the police and the city council. Thornton was shot to death by additional police officers, all of whom responded after one of the fatally-shot officers was able to activate his emergency signal by radio. Within minutes, multiple officers were on the scene. Mayor Swoboda died later the same year on September 6, 2008, succumbing to cancer in addition to complications from the February shootings. Transportation[edit]

Kirkwood Amtrak
Amtrak
station, about 2009

Rail[edit] Kirkwood sits along the Jefferson City
City
Subdivision of the Union Pacific Railroad. Passenger rail service is provided by Amtrak. Kirkwood Station is located near the center of downtown Kirkwood and is a stop for Amtrak's Missouri
Missouri
River Runner. Bus[edit] Bus service in Kirkwood is provided by MetroBus (St. Louis). Service connects Kirkwood to other suburban communities and downtown St. Louis. Road[edit] Interstate Highway 270 runs along the western edge of Kirkwood. Interstate 44
Interstate 44
passes through the community along the southern portions of the city limits. Major surface streets include Manchester Road ( Missouri
Missouri
Route 100) bordering the city to the north, and US 61/67 (Lindbergh Boulevard) which runs north-south through downtown Kirkwood as Kirkwood Road. Education[edit] Primary and secondary schools[edit] Public education in Kirkwood falls under the Kirkwood R-7 School District, which includes five elementary schools, Tillman Elementary, North Glendale Elementary, Keysor Elementary, Robinson Elementary, and Westchester Elementary, two middle schools, Nipher Middle School and North Kirkwood Middle school, and a single high school, Kirkwood High School, which dates back to 1865 (the institution was originally in the building that houses Nipher Middle School today, not the current campus, which was first built in 1955). Upon graduation from elementary school, students from North Glendale, Robinson, and half of Tillman go to Nipher Middle School, and the remaining students from Keysor, Westchester, and the other half of Tillman go to North Kirkwood Middle School. The district covers all of Kirkwood as well as all or parts of the neighboring smaller communities of Des Peres, Frontenac, Glendale, Huntleigh, Oakland, and Warson Woods. St. John Vianney High School, a private Catholic school, is in Kirkwood. Colleges and universities[edit] St. Louis Community College
St. Louis Community College
operates a 78-acre (320,000 m2) campus in Kirkwood, STLCC-Meramec. Meramec is the largest community college in Missouri, with over 12,000 undergraduate and transfer students. Economy[edit] Shop 'n Save, a grocery store chain, is headquartered in Kirkwood.[18] Religious organizations[edit] Kirkwood is the world headquarters of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod a confessional Lutheran denomination with 2.1 million members. Notable people[edit]

Scott Bakula, actor Mel Bay, author Jack Buechner, U.S. Congress member Edgar W. Denison, naturalist and author Nikki Glaser, comedian Trent Green, National Football League Geoffrey C. Hazard Jr., law professor Jeremy Maclin, National Football League Marianne Moore, poet and writer, born 1887 Bill Pleis, Major League Baseball Rodger O. Riney, broker and business executive David Sanborn, musician Brandon Williams, National Football League Mike Wood, National Football League Rick Stream, U.S Congress member

References[edit]

^ http://www.kirkwoodmo.org/mm/files/Finance/2014/CAFR%202014.pdf ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-07-08.  ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-08.  ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.  ^ "American FactFinder". United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States
United States
Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File
File
(QT-PL), Kirkwood city, Missouri". U.S. Census
Census
Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved October 21, 2011.  ^ [1] Archived November 15, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. ^ The City
City
Of Kirkwood - History Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1918). How Missouri
Missouri
Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 360.  ^ Kirkwood Neighborhood - St. Louis
St. Louis
Convention and Visitors Center ^ Turkey Day - Turkey Day Archived 2008-02-12 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Thompson, Danette (7 July 2009). "Magic House Anticipates Record Attendance This Year". stltoday.com. Retrieved 31 May 2013.  ^ ZAGATSURVEY U.S. Family Travel Guide: Sites & Attractions, Restaurants, Lodging. New York: Zagat Survey, LLC. 2004. p. 24. ISBN 1-57006-624-8.  ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States
United States
Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.  ^ " Census
Census
of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.  ^ "Kirkwood city, Missouri
Missouri
- Fact Sheet - American FactFinder". Factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2010-04-06.  ^ Stroud, Jerri. "Ground Broken, Work Stalled." St. Louis Post-Dispatch. May 3, 1989. Edition 5, Page 9a. Retrieved on August 19, 2009.

External links[edit]

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Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kirkwood, Missouri.

City
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of Kirkwood official website Kirkwood Area Chamber of Commerce Kirkwood Historical Society Kirkwood at the Open Directory Project "Kirkwood, Missouri
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photographs". University of Missouri–St. Louis.  Historic maps of Kirkwood in the Sanborn Maps of Missouri
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Collection at the University of Missouri

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St. Louis
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County seat: Clayton

Cities

Ballwin Bel-Nor Bel-Ridge Bella Villa Bellefontaine Neighbors Berkeley Beverly Hills Black Jack Breckenridge Hills Brentwood Bridgeton Calverton Park Charlack Chesterfield Clarkson Valley Clayton Cool Valley Country Club Hills Crestwood Creve Coeur Crystal Lake Park Dellwood Des Peres Edmundson Ellisville Eureka Fenton Ferguson Flordell Hills Florissant Frontenac Glendale Green Park Greendale Hazelwood Huntleigh Jennings Kinloch Kirkwood Ladue Lakeshire Manchester Maplewood Maryland Heights Moline Acres Normandy Northwoods Oakland Olivette Overland Pacific‡ Pagedale Pasadena Hills Pine Lawn Richmond Heights Rock Hill Shrewsbury St. Ann St. John Sunset Hills Town and Country University City Valley Park Velda City Velda Village Hills Vinita Park Warson Woods Webster Groves Wellston Wildwood Winchester Woodson Terrace

Villages

Bellerive Champ Country Life Acres Glen Echo Park Grantwood Village Hanley Hills Hillsdale Mackenzie Marlborough Norwood Court Pasadena Park Riverview Sycamore Hills Twin Oaks Uplands Park Westwood Wilbur Park

CDPs

Affton Castle Point Concord Glasgow Village Lemay Mehlville Oakville Old Jamestown Sappington Spanish Lake

Other unincorporated communities

Ascalon Carsonville Earth City Glencoe Grover Peerless Park St. George Sherman Times Beach

Townships

Airport Bonhomme Chesterfield Clayton Concord Creve Coeur Ferguson Florissant Gravois Hadley Township Halls Ferry Jefferson Lafayette Lemay Lewis and Clark Maryland Heights Meramec Midland Missouri
Missouri
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Bellefontaine Neighbors Bridgeton Cahokia Clayton Concord CDP Crestwood Creve Coeur Dardenne Prairie Fairview Heights Farmington Festus Glen Carbon Godfrey Jennings Lake St. Louis Lemay CDP Manchester Overland Old Jamestown CDP St. Ann Shiloh Swansea Town and Country Troy, Missouri Union Washington Wood River

Missouri
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Counties

Franklin Jefferson Lincoln St. Charles St. Francois St. Louis
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City St. Louis
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County Warren Washington

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Counties

Bond Calhoun Clinton Jersey Macoupin Madison Monroe St. Clair

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City
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Columbia Jefferson City Joplin Kansas City Springfield St. Joseph St. Louis

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Kansas City St. Louis Springfield Columbia Independence Lee's Summit O'Fallon St. Joseph St. Charles St. Peters Blue Springs Joplin Florissant Chesterfield Jefferson City Cape Girardeau Wentzville Wildwood University City Liberty Ballwin Raytown Kirkwood Maryland Heights Gladstone Hazelwood Grandview

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Adair Andrew Atchison Audrain Barry Barton Bates Benton Bollinger Boone Buchanan Butler Caldwell Callaway Camden Cape Girardeau Carroll Carter Cass Cedar Chariton Christian Clark Clay Clinton Cole Cooper Crawford Dade Dallas Daviess DeKalb Dent Douglas Dunklin Franklin Gasconade Gentry Greene Grundy Harrison Henry Hickory Holt Howard Howell Iron Jackson Jasper Jefferson Johnson Knox Laclede Lafayette Lawrence Lewis Lincoln Linn Livingston Macon Madison Maries Marion McDonald Mercer Miller Mississippi Moniteau Monroe Montgomery Morgan New Madrid Newton Nodaway Oregon Osage Ozark Pemiscot Perry Pettis Phelps Pike Platte Polk Pulaski Putnam Ralls Randolph Ray Reynolds Ripley St. Charles St. Clair St. Francois St. Louis
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Kirkwood is an inner-ring western suburb of St. Louis
St. Louis
located in St. Louis County, Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the city's population was 27,540.[7] Founded in 1853, the city is named after James P. Kirkwood, builder of the Pacific Railroad through that town. It was the first planned suburb located west of the Mississippi River.[8][9]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Traditions

2 Geography 3 Demographics

3.1 2010 census 3.2 2000 census

4 Crime 5 Transportation

5.1 Rail 5.2 Bus 5.3 Road

6 Education

6.1 Primary and secondary schools 6.2 Colleges and universities

7 Economy 8 Religious organizations 9 Notable people 10 References 11 External links

History[edit] Plans for a new community close to St. Louis
St. Louis
began following the St. Louis Fire (1849) and the 1849 cholera outbreak that killed a tenth of the residents of downtown St. Louis. Kirkwood was the first suburban municipality built outside of the St. Louis
St. Louis
City
City
boundaries. Hiram W. Leffingwell and Richard Smith Elliott bought land 14 miles (23 km) from downtown in 1850 at about the same time James P. Kirkwood was laying out a route for the Pacific Railroad. Kirkwood was platted in 1852, and named for James P. Kirkwood, chief engineer of the Missouri
Missouri
Pacific Railroad.[10] When the railroad reached the community in 1853, the developers sold lots for the Kirkwood Association. Other Leffingwell developments were to include the construction of Grand Avenue and the establishment of Forest Park.[11] The original town plat including quarter section blocks and families could be a block estate of 5 acres (20,000 m2). Deed restrictions prohibited industrial development. The train station of Richardsonian Romanesque
Richardsonian Romanesque
style was built in 1893. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places
(NRHP), it has become a symbol of the town. It is the only station stop that Amtrak makes in the St. Louis
St. Louis
metropolitan area outside the central city. Among the four other buildings in Kirkwood listed on the NRHP is a Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright
house in Ebsworth Park Foundation. In 1895 the Meramec Highlands resort was built on the bluffs above the Meramec River. Kirkwood won the Arbor Day
Arbor Day
Growth Award in 1993, 1997, 2003, and 2004. The city also won the America in Bloom 2007 Community Involvement Criteria Award. Traditions[edit] The Greentree Festival is held every September. The Greentree Festival has many things to do such as arts and crafts for kids and many different foods from many different cultures. Greentree has been a tradition for over 50 years. Since 1961, it has been held in Kirkwood Park. The festival consists of a parade and a fair held in Kirkwood park. The festival was originally created to replace the drought-stricken trees in the park. The Kirkwood High School Pioneers and Webster Groves Statesmen alternate as hosts of the annual Turkey Day Game, the longest-running football high school Thanksgiving Day rivalry west of the Mississippi. The 100th anniversary game was in 2007.[12] The winner of the Turkey Day Game receives the Frisco Bell, while the loser gets the Little Brown Jug. The Kirkwood Farmers' Market
Farmers' Market
was founded in 1976. It is an outdoor market that has a variety of homegrown vegetables and fruits. There are more than 300 local businesses that contribute to the market. The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum
The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum
in Kirkwood has become a popular family attraction for the region. Originally opened in 1979, the Museum receives over 500,000 visitors annually and has been visited by more than 10 million people since its opening.[13] The Museum's original house was built in 1901 and has undergone several renovations and expansions. The Magic House was ranked by Zagat as America's top travel destination based on child appeal.[14]

Kirkwood Historic District

Geography[edit] Kirkwood is located at 38°34′50″N 90°24′51″W / 38.58056°N 90.41417°W / 38.58056; -90.41417 (38.580652, -90.414289).[15] According to the United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.20 square miles (23.83 km2), of which, 9.16 square miles (23.72 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.[2] Demographics[edit]

Historical population

Census Pop.

1880 1,280

1890 1,777

38.8%

1900 2,825

59.0%

1910 4,171

47.6%

1920 4,422

6.0%

1930 9,169

107.3%

1940 12,132

32.3%

1950 18,640

53.6%

1960 29,421

57.8%

1970 31,679

7.7%

1980 27,739

−12.4%

1990 27,291

−1.6%

2000 27,324

0.1%

2010 27,540

0.8%

Est. 2016 27,609 [4] 0.3%

U.S. Decennial Census[16]

2010 census[edit] As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 27,540 people in Kirkwood, 11,894 households, and 7,327 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,006.6 inhabitants per square mile (1,160.9/km2). There were 12,895 housing units at an average density of 1,407.8 per square mile (543.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96% White, 2.0% African American, 0.5% Native American, 1% Asian, 0.5% another race. There were 11,894 households of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.4% were non-families. 33.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.97. The median age in the city was 42.6 years. 23.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.8% were from 25 to 44; 29.8% were from 45 to 64; and 17.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.0% male and 54.0% female. 2000 census[edit] In 2000 there were 11,763.5 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.5% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.3% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.98. In the city, the population was spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 84.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.4 males. The median income for a household in the city was $70,261, and the median income for a family was $89,219.[17] Males had a median income of $51,515 versus $36,235 for females. The per capita income for the city was $32,012. About 2.8% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over. Crime[edit]

Kirkwood City
City
Hall where the scene of a spree shooting occurred in 2008.

The city is normally low in crime.[citation needed] In 2005, 2007 and 2008, Kirkwood was the site of three sensational events. On July 5, 2005, Kevin Johnson shot and killed Sgt. William McEntee, who was investigating a fireworks call when Johnson walked up and shot him several times. Johnson was upset with police because he thought that they were responsible for his younger brother's death (although the brother died from a heart condition). Johnson is currently on Missouri death row for the murder of McEntee. On January 12, 2007, Michael J. Devlin
Michael J. Devlin
was arrested for abducting 13-year-old William "Ben" Ownby. Police who were investigating the case had discovered that Ownby and also 15-year-old Shawn Hornbeck lived in Devlin's apartment. Hornbeck had been missing since he was 11 years old, when he was abducted from near his home in Richwoods, Missouri. The Shawn Hornbeck Foundation was set up to find him as well as other missing children.

Wikinews has related news: Gunman opens fire at Missouri
Missouri
city council meeting

On February 7, 2008, Kirkwood resident Charles L. "Cookie" Thornton shot many people at a Kirkwood city council session, killing five — Council Members Connie Karr and Michael H.T. Lynch, Public Works Director Kenneth Yost, and police officers Sgt. William Biggs and Tom Ballman. Sgt. Biggs was killed in the lot of a nearby Imo's Pizza restaurant. Thornton stole his gun and proceeded to enter the City Hall. Once inside, he killed Officer Ballman and opened fire on the city council. Kirkwood mayor Mike Swoboda and Suburban Journals reporter Todd Smith were injured. The gunman had a history of disruptive behavior and legal actions against the city government. The legal actions were related to ordinance violations and other issues with the police and the city council. Thornton was shot to death by additional police officers, all of whom responded after one of the fatally-shot officers was able to activate his emergency signal by radio. Within minutes, multiple officers were on the scene. Mayor Swoboda died later the same year on September 6, 2008, succumbing to cancer in addition to complications from the February shootings. Transportation[edit]

Kirkwood Amtrak
Amtrak
station, about 2009

Rail[edit] Kirkwood sits along the Jefferson City
City
Subdivision of the Union Pacific Railroad. Passenger rail service is provided by Amtrak. Kirkwood Station is located near the center of downtown Kirkwood and is a stop for Amtrak's Missouri
Missouri
River Runner. Bus[edit] Bus service in Kirkwood is provided by MetroBus (St. Louis). Service connects Kirkwood to other suburban communities and downtown St. Louis. Road[edit] Interstate Highway 270 runs along the western edge of Kirkwood. Interstate 44
Interstate 44
passes through the community along the southern portions of the city limits. Major surface streets include Manchester Road ( Missouri
Missouri
Route 100) bordering the city to the north, and US 61/67 (Lindbergh Boulevard) which runs north-south through downtown Kirkwood as Kirkwood Road. Education[edit] Primary and secondary schools[edit] Public education in Kirkwood falls under the Kirkwood R-7 School District, which includes five elementary schools, Tillman Elementary, North Glendale Elementary, Keysor Elementary, Robinson Elementary, and Westchester Elementary, two middle schools, Nipher Middle School and North Kirkwood Middle school, and a single high school, Kirkwood High School, which dates back to 1865 (the institution was originally in the building that houses Nipher Middle School today, not the current campus, which was first built in 1955). Upon graduation from elementary school, students from North Glendale, Robinson, and half of Tillman go to Nipher Middle School, and the remaining students from Keysor, Westchester, and the other half of Tillman go to North Kirkwood Middle School. The district covers all of Kirkwood as well as all or parts of the neighboring smaller communities of Des Peres, Frontenac, Glendale, Huntleigh, Oakland, and Warson Woods. St. John Vianney High School, a private Catholic school, is in Kirkwood. Colleges and universities[edit] St. Louis Community College
St. Louis Community College
operates a 78-acre (320,000 m2) campus in Kirkwood, STLCC-Meramec. Meramec is the largest community college in Missouri, with over 12,000 undergraduate and transfer students. Economy[edit] Shop 'n Save, a grocery store chain, is headquartered in Kirkwood.[18] Religious organizations[edit] Kirkwood is the world headquarters of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod a confessional Lutheran denomination with 2.1 million members. Notable people[edit]

Scott Bakula, actor Mel Bay, author Jack Buechner, U.S. Congress member Edgar W. Denison, naturalist and author Nikki Glaser, comedian Trent Green, National Football League Geoffrey C. Hazard Jr., law professor Jeremy Maclin, National Football League Marianne Moore, poet and writer, born 1887 Bill Pleis, Major League Baseball Rodger O. Riney, broker and business executive David Sanborn, musician Brandon Williams, National Football League Mike Wood, National Football League Rick Stream, U.S Congress member

References[edit]

^ http://www.kirkwoodmo.org/mm/files/Finance/2014/CAFR%202014.pdf ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-07-08.  ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-08.  ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.  ^ "American FactFinder". United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States
United States
Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File
File
(QT-PL), Kirkwood city, Missouri". U.S. Census
Census
Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved October 21, 2011.  ^ [1] Archived November 15, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. ^ The City
City
Of Kirkwood - History Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1918). How Missouri
Missouri
Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 360.  ^ Kirkwood Neighborhood - St. Louis
St. Louis
Convention and Visitors Center ^ Turkey Day - Turkey Day Archived 2008-02-12 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Thompson, Danette (7 July 2009). "Magic House Anticipates Record Attendance This Year". stltoday.com. Retrieved 31 May 2013.  ^ ZAGATSURVEY U.S. Family Travel Guide: Sites & Attractions, Restaurants, Lodging. New York: Zagat Survey, LLC. 2004. p. 24. ISBN 1-57006-624-8.  ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States
United States
Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.  ^ " Census
Census
of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.  ^ "Kirkwood city, Missouri
Missouri
- Fact Sheet - American FactFinder". Factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2010-04-06.  ^ Stroud, Jerri. "Ground Broken, Work Stalled." St. Louis Post-Dispatch. May 3, 1989. Edition 5, Page 9a. Retrieved on August 19, 2009.

External links[edit]

Missouri
Missouri
portal

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kirkwood, Missouri.

City
City
of Kirkwood official website Kirkwood Area Chamber of Commerce Kirkwood Historical Society Kirkwood at the Open Directory Project "Kirkwood, Missouri
Missouri
photographs". University of Missouri–St. Louis.  Historic maps of Kirkwood in the Sanborn Maps of Missouri
Missouri
Collection at the University of Missouri

v t e

Municipalities and communities of St. Louis
St. Louis
County, Missouri, United States

County seat: Clayton

Cities

Ballwin Bel-Nor Bel-Ridge Bella Villa Bellefontaine Neighbors Berkeley Beverly Hills Black Jack Breckenridge Hills Brentwood Bridgeton Calverton Park Charlack Chesterfield Clarkson Valley Clayton Cool Valley Country Club Hills Crestwood Creve Coeur Crystal Lake Park Dellwood Des Peres Edmundson Ellisville Eureka Fenton Ferguson Flordell Hills Florissant Frontenac Glendale Green Park Greendale Hazelwood Huntleigh Jennings Kinloch Kirkwood Ladue Lakeshire Manchester Maplewood Maryland Heights Moline Acres Normandy Northwoods Oakland Olivette Overland Pacific‡ Pagedale Pasadena Hills Pine Lawn Richmond Heights Rock Hill Shrewsbury St. Ann St. John Sunset Hills Town and Country University City Valley Park Velda City Velda Village Hills Vinita Park Warson Woods Webster Groves Wellston Wildwood Winchester Woodson Terrace

Villages

Bellerive Champ Country Life Acres Glen Echo Park Grantwood Village Hanley Hills Hillsdale Mackenzie Marlborough Norwood Court Pasadena Park Riverview Sycamore Hills Twin Oaks Uplands Park Westwood Wilbur Park

CDPs

Affton Castle Point Concord Glasgow Village Lemay Mehlville Oakville Old Jamestown Sappington Spanish Lake

Other unincorporated communities

Ascalon Carsonville Earth City Glencoe Grover Peerless Park St. George Sherman Times Beach

Townships

Airport Bonhomme Chesterfield Clayton Concord Creve Coeur Ferguson Florissant Gravois Hadley Township Halls Ferry Jefferson Lafayette Lemay Lewis and Clark Maryland Heights Meramec Midland Missouri
Missouri
River Normandy Northwest Norwood Oakville Queeny Spanish Lake St. Ferdinand Tesson Ferry University

Footnotes

‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties See also Municipalities of St. Louis
St. Louis
County, Missouri

v t e

Greater St. Louis

Illinois Missouri United States
United States
of America

Topics

Culture Crime Economy Education History Parks Transportation

Central city

St. Louis

Largest cities (over 50,000 in 2010)

Florissant O'Fallon, Missouri St. Charles St. Peters

Medium-sized cities (over 20,000 in 2010)

Affton CDP Alton Arnold Ballwin Belleville Chesterfield Collinsville East St. Louis Edwardsville Ferguson Granite City Hazelwood Kirkwood Maryland Heights Mehlville CDP Oakville CDP O'Fallon, Illinois Spanish Lake CDP University City Webster Groves Wentzville Wildwood

Largest towns and villages (over 10,000 in 2010)

Bellefontaine Neighbors Bridgeton Cahokia Clayton Concord CDP Crestwood Creve Coeur Dardenne Prairie Fairview Heights Farmington Festus Glen Carbon Godfrey Jennings Lake St. Louis Lemay CDP Manchester Overland Old Jamestown CDP St. Ann Shiloh Swansea Town and Country Troy, Missouri Union Washington Wood River

Missouri
Missouri
Counties

Franklin Jefferson Lincoln St. Charles St. Francois St. Louis
St. Louis
City St. Louis
St. Louis
County Warren Washington

Illinois
Illinois
Counties

Bond Calhoun Clinton Jersey Macoupin Madison Monroe St. Clair

Subregions

Metro East Westplex

v t e

 State of Missouri

Jefferson City
City
(capital)

Topics

Government Delegations Geography Transportation History People Battles Tourist attractions

Seal of Missouri

Society

Culture Crime Demographics Economy Education Politics

Regions

Boonslick Bootheel Crowley's Ridge Dissected Till Plains Four State Area Henry Shaw Ozark Corridor Honey Lands Lead Belt Lincoln Hills Little Dixie Loess Hills Mid-Missouri Mississippi Embayment Missouri
Missouri
Rhineland Northern Plains Osage Plains Ozark Plateau Platte Purchase Pony Express St. Francois Mountains Westplex

Metro areas

Columbia Jefferson City Joplin Kansas City Springfield St. Joseph St. Louis

Largest cities

Kansas City St. Louis Springfield Columbia Independence Lee's Summit O'Fallon St. Joseph St. Charles St. Peters Blue Springs Joplin Florissant Chesterfield Jefferson City Cape Girardeau Wentzville Wildwood University City Liberty Ballwin Raytown Kirkwood Maryland Heights Gladstone Hazelwood Grandview

Counties and independent cities

Adair Andrew Atchison Audrain Barry Barton Bates Benton Bollinger Boone Buchanan Butler Caldwell Callaway Camden Cape Girardeau Carroll Carter Cass Cedar Chariton Christian Clark Clay Clinton Cole Cooper Crawford Dade Dallas Daviess DeKalb Dent Douglas Dunklin Franklin Gasconade Gentry Greene Grundy Harrison Henry Hickory Holt Howard Howell Iron Jackson Jasper Jefferson Johnson Knox Laclede Lafayette Lawrence Lewis Lincoln Linn Livingston Macon Madison Maries Marion McDonald Mercer Miller Mississippi Moniteau Monroe Montgomery Morgan New Madrid Newton Nodaway Oregon Osage Ozark Pemiscot Perry Pettis Phelps Pike Platte Polk Pulaski Putnam Ralls Randolph Ray Reynolds Ripley St. Charles St. Clair St. Francois St. Louis
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