Kirkwood is a St. Louis County city covering 9.20 square miles and includes a population, at the time of the 2010 census, of 27,540 residents.
Kirkwood owes its very existence to the railroads. Around the 1800s, the land that would eventually become Kirkwood was the very first suburb to be developed west of the Mississippi River and it was also one of the earliest railroad commuter suburbs.
When the area was platted in 1852, it was named Kirkwood in honor of lead engineer James Pugh Kirkwood who maintained the surveying and building of the railroad. In 1893, the beautiful landmark of the Kirkwood Train Station was built right in the heart of the city further cementing Kirkwood’s deep affection for all things train and transportation.
During the summer of 2002, Amtrak was incredibly close to shutting down the Train Station for good due to cost-cutting initiatives. Not one to let a landmark be forgotten, Kirkwood residents fought to negotiate to purchase and staff the entire station themselves. To this day, its currently staffed and maintained by a truly dedicated group of volunteers.
The station is a symbol of the town and it’s the only stop Amtrak makes within the St. Louis metropolitan area outside of the central city. Kirkwood was placed in the National Register of Historic Places as both the Kirkwood Train Station and the Downtown Business District were inducted in 2001 and 2009 respectively.
Residents of Kirkwood with children are served by the Kirkwood School District, one of the oldest districts in St. Louis county with history dating back to 1865.