“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Kirkwood in St. Louis County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Kirkwood Depot

Kirkwood Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, October 10, 2019
1. Kirkwood Depot Marker
Inscription.  In 1852 this land was obtained from Owen Collins by the Pacific Railroad for a right of way and in 1863 a frame depot was built. Here members of the first school board met to draft the charter of the Kirkwood School District which was granted on February 17, 1865, three days before the ratification of the town charter by the State of Missouri. In 1893 the present stone building was built by Douglas Donovan, a Kirkwood general contractor. The site has been used for Kirkwood's fiftieth and one hundredth anniversary celebrations.
Erected 1969 by Kirkwood Historical Society.
Location. 38° 34.864′ N, 90° 24.408′ W. Marker is in Kirkwood, Missouri, in St. Louis County. Marker is on West Argonne Drive just west of South Kirkwood Road (U.S. 61/67), on the right when traveling east. Marker is posted on the building of the Kirkwood Amtrak Station, near the entrance and under shelter. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 West Argonne Drive, Saint Louis MO 63122, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Remembering the Achievements of James P. Kirkwood
Kirkwood Amtrak Station image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, October 10, 2019
2. Kirkwood Amtrak Station
Marker is located to the right of the entrance
(within shouting distance of this marker); First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Grant's Trail: Sappington House and Father Dickson Cemetery (approx. 1.6 miles away); #9 (approx. 3 miles away); #750 (approx. 3 miles away); The Gasconade Bridge Disaster (approx. 3 miles away); The Pacific Railroad Controversy (approx. 3 miles away); Civil War Destruction (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kirkwood.
Regarding Kirkwood Depot. In 1852, Kirkwood became the first planned suburb west of the Mississippi, mainly because of the newly-built railroad. It was named after the railroad's chief engineer, James Pugh Kirkwood. The station was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 5, 1985. In 2002, dedicated volunteers helped stop the station from being closed. To this day, Kirkwood remains a regular Amtrak stop and is the third-busiest Amtrak station in Missouri.
Also see . . .  Kirkwood Station on Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 10, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 10, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 40 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 10, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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