History: Kirkwood was established in 1853 and was the first planned residential commuter suburb west of the Mississippi. It was one of four early commuter railroad suburbs in the St. Louis region. The story of trains is intertwined with the history of Kirkwood. Kirkwood owes its very existence to the railroad. The City was named for James Pugh Kirkwood, the engineer in charge of locating, surveying, and building the railroad. From the beginning, it’s been a love affair between citizens and trains, as evidenced by the beautiful and historic Kirkwood Train Station, located in the heart of the City. Built in 1893, the station, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is a favorite subject of local and national photographers. It currently serves as a stop for daily Amtrak passenger trains and is staffed entirely by Kirkwood residents who volunteer their time. Learn more about the Train Station.
Demographics: Today the City is nine square miles in size and is home to a population of 27,540 (2010 Census). Located in Southwest St. Louis County, Kirkwood boasts high property values, quality public and private schools, safe neighborhoods and exceptional City services. More than 300 acres of park land can be found throughout the community, from a large central park that includes an aquatic center, ice rink, outdoor amphitheater, ball fields, tennis courts, picnic sites, and playground areas, to smaller neighborhood parks. Learn more about demographics on our Economic Development page.
Government: The City of Kirkwood presently employs about 250 people who work in a variety of departments. The annual operating budget of Kirkwood is approximately $60 million. The City operates under a council/manager form of government with the mayor and six council members elected at large. The City is a full-service municipality, with its own sanitation, water, and electric utilities, making it unique among St. Louis County municipalities.
Downtown Kirkwood: The Downtown Kirkwood Business District is on the National Register of Historic Places and is home to many restaurants and shops as well as the Kirkwood Farmers’ Market.
What's Happening: Read recent City press releases, learn about our social media pages, or sign up for publications.
Kirkwood Historical Society: Visit the Kirkwood Historical Society, which is housed at Mudd's Grove, 302 W. Argonne Drive, in downtown Kirkwood. Call them at 314-965-5151.
The City of Kirkwood is served by the Kirkwood School District. Chartered in 1865, it is the oldest school district in St. Louis County and one of the oldest west of the Mississippi River.
The City of Kirkwood operates its own public library, located at 140 E. Jefferson in downtown Kirkwood.
Find a street, learn where the picnic tables are in Kirkwood Park, or look at the City's Zoning Map.