Turn-of-the-century homes, great restaurants, and a thriving business community make Kirkwood a great place to live and work. Families are attracted to Kirkwood because of the quality and characteristics of its homes as well as the safety and comfort of the area.
- Population: 8,592
- Zip Codes: 63131, 63122
- Hospitals: Missouri Baptist, Mercy
Residents of Kirkwood are known to be fiercely loyal, and with good reason: Kirkwood is an ideal mix of old-school charm, modern style, and family-friendly neighborhoods. Many of the houses have period fixtures. The main strip along Kirkwood is an eclectic mix; one can find an old-style feed shop down the street from a modern café, a farmer’s market, an Indian restaurant, or an interactive marketing firm. Exploring this mix is half the fun of this town.
Kirkwood also shows a long-standing love affair with trains. The beautiful, historic train station located in the heart of the city is on the National Register of Historic Places, and a favorite subject of local and national photographers.
After a fire and an outbreak of Cholera ravaged St. Louis in the 19th century, residents were looking for a more secluded place to live. The result was Kirkwood, the first suburban municipality built outside the boundaries of St. Louis City. It was named for James Pugh Kirkwood, builder of the Pacific Railroad through the town. Several of its neighborhoods and sites have been selected for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.
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