Established in 1853, Kirkwood was named after Pacific Railroad engineer James Pugh Kirkwood who located, surveyed, and built the railroad to which the city, one of the very first railroad commuter communities outside of St. Louis, owes its very existence. Today Kirkwood boasts first rate community services, higher property values, and some of the best local private and public schools in the area.
Shopping, Dining, Entertainment
There are over 100 specialty shops, restaurants, and attractions (over 300 local businesses all told) in the 16 square blocks of pedestrian friendly Downtown Kirkwood. Offering free 2 hour parking, the downtown area is a popular local shopping, dining, and entertainment destination.
Parks and Recreation
The Kirkwood community park system features 14 parks ranging from half-acre neighborhood parks all the way up to the 125 acre Emmenegger Nature Park. Established in 1941, Kirkwood Park, the cornerstone of the park system, has grown to 92 acres and is home to the Kirkwood Community Center, the Recreation Station Ice Arena, Aquatic Center, and Lions’ Amphitheater. Park features include picnic pavilions and open picnic sites, horseshoe pits, tennis courts, playground, athletic fields, handball courts, concession stand and a community garden. Additionally, Walker Lake offers fishing for our fishing enthusiasts and every year the Kirkwood Area Arts Council sponsors a concert series in the park.
The historic Kirkwood Train Station, in operation since 1893, is run entirely by Kirkwood resident volunteers. The station, which facilitates commuter passenger travel via four daily Amtrak stops, is available for rental to host your weddings, class reunions, and other public gatherings.
Children enjoy the Magic House St. Louis Children’s Museum featuring favorites like the Bubble Room, Lewis and Clark Adventure, A Little Bit of Magic, and Kids’ Construction Zone areas.
The annual Greentree Festival happens every September featuring arts and crafts, festival parade, and fair, and offers food choices from a variety of cultures.
According to the most recent information from CityData, the median household income for homes in Kirkwood was $69,068 compared to the state of Missouri’s average of $45,229.
The median house and condo values for homes in Kirkwood was $240,427 compared to the state of Missouri’s average at $139,700.
The city’s population as of 2011 was at 27,536.
Schools, Health, Transportation
Kirkwood is home to two colleges, Saint Louis Community College-Meramec, and Midwest Institute. Other colleges and universities near Kirkwood include Webster University, Washington University, Saint Louis Community College-Forest Park, Saint Louis University-Main Campus, the University of Missouri-St Louis, and Saint Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, all in St. Louis, and Lindenwood University in Saint Charles, MO.
Passenger train service is provided by Amtrak with four daily stops at the Kirkwood Train Station at 110 W. Argonne Rd.
Bus service is provided by Metro Transit which connects Kirkwood and all the suburbs to St. Louis.
Local hospital and medical facilities include the Des Peres Hospital about one mile away in St Louis, the Missouri Baptist Medical Center about three miles away in Town and Country, and the SSM St. Mary’s Health Center about six miles away in Richmond Heights.
- Kirkwood City Data
- Kirkwood in the News
- Kirkwood at GreatSchools.org
- Kirkwood School District
- Kirkwood on Wikipedia
- Kirkwood-Des Peres Area Chamber of Commerce
- Downtown Kirkwood Special Business District
- City of Kirkwood
- Kirkwood Weather