- Kirkwood, Missouri
official_name = Kirkwood, Missouri
imagesize = 250px
image_caption = Kirkwood City Hall
mapsize1 = 250px
map_caption1 = U.S. Census Map
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = St. Louis
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = Arthur J. McDonnell
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 24.0
area_land_km2 = 23.9
area_water_km2 = 0.1
area_total_sq_mi = 9.3
area_land_sq_mi = 9.2
area_water_sq_mi = 0.0
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 27324
population_density_km2 = 1143.4
population_density_sq_mi = 2961.3
timezone = Central (CST)
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
elevation_m = 201
elevation_ft = 659
latd = 38 |latm = 34 |lats = 50 |latNS = N
longd = 90 |longm = 24 |longs = 51 |longEW = W
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 29-39044GR|2
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0756252GR|3
website = [http://www.kirkwoodmo.org www.kirkwoodmo.org]
Kirkwood is a city in St. Louis County,
Missouri, in the United States. As of 2006, the city population was 26,936 [http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/GCTTable?_bm=y&-geo_id=04000US29&-_box_head_nbr=GCT-T1-R&-ds_name=PEP_2006_EST&-_lang=en&-format=ST-9S&-_sse=on United States Census Estimates 2006] . The city was founded in 1853and is named after James Pugh Kirkwood, builder of the Pacific Railroadthrough that town. It was the first planned suburb located west of the Mississippi River. [http://www.explorestlouis.com/newsReleases/neighborhoods.asp?NrType=2] [ [http://www.ci.kirkwood.mo.us/history.htm The City Of Kirkwood - History ] ]
The Kirkwood Pioneers and Webster Groves Statesmen alternate as hosts of the Turkey Day game, the longest-running football high school rivalry west of the Mississippi. Held annually, Thanksgiving Day
2007marked the 100th anniversary of the first match. [ [http://schools.webster.k12.mo.us/education/dept/dept.php?sectionid=1791&PHPSESSID=a39f19b64e05309c77c6b235d8d07cc2/ Turkey Day - Turkey Day ] ]
Plans for a new community close to St. Louis began following the
St. Louis Fire (1849)and the 1849 choleraoutbreak that had killed a tenth of the residents of downtown St. Louis.
Hiram W. Leffingwell and Richard Smith Elliott bought land 14 miles from downtown in 1850 at about the same time
James P. Kirkwoodwas laying out a route for the Pacific Railroad. When the railroad reached the community in 1853 they sold lots for the Kirkwood Association. Other Leffingwell developments were to include the construction of Grand Avenue and the establishment of Forest Park (St. Louis). [ [http://www.explorestlouis.com/media/factSheets/fact_kirkwoodNeigh.asp Kirkwood Neighborhood - St. Louis Convention and Visitors Center] ]
The original town plat including
quarter sectionblocks and families could be a block estate of five acres. Deed restrictions prohibited industrial development.
The train station of
Richardsonian Romanesquestyle was built in 1893. It is now on the National Register of Historic Placesand is a symbol of the town. It is the only stop on Amtrakin the Missouri metropolitan area outside of St. Louis.
In 1895 the Meramec Highlands resort on the bluffs above the
Among the five buildings on the National Register of Historic Places is a
Frank Lloyd Wrighthouse in Ebsworth Park Foundation.
However, Kirkwood has been the site of two sensational crimes in less than 13 months throughout 2007 and 2008.
January 12, 2007, Michael J. Devlinwas arrested for abducting 13-year-old William "Ben" Ownby. Police investigating the case discovered Shawn Hornbeck living at his house. Hornbeck was 11 when he was missing in 2002 and the Shawn Hornbeck Foundationhad been set up to find him.
February 7, 2008a gunman opened fire inside a Kirkwood city council session, killing five persons: Council Member Connie Karr, Council Member Michael H. T. Lynch, Public Works Director Kenneth Yost, and two police officers, Sgt. William Biggs and Officer Tom Ballman. Two others, Kirkwood mayor Mike Swobodaand Suburban Journals reporter Todd Smith, were wounded. The gunman, Kirkwood resident Charles "Cookie" Lee Thornton, was shot and killed by police. Swoboda died of complications from that shooting on September 6, 2008.
Kirkwood is located at coor dms|38|34|50|N|90|24|51|W|city (38.580652, -90.414289)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.3 square miles (24.0 km²), of which, 9.2 square miles (23.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.54%) is water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 27,324 people, 11,763 households, and 7,257 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 2,961.3 people per square mile (1,143.0/km²). There were 12,306 housing units at an average density of 1,333.7/sq mi (514.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.76% White, 7.07% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.81% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.27% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.09% of the population.
There are 11,763.5 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.5% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.3% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the city the population was spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 84.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.4 males. The median income for a household in the city was $55,122, and the median income for a family was $72,830. Males had a median income of $51,515 versus $36,235 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $32,012. About 2.8% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.
Kirkwood (Amtrak station)
Scott Bakula, actor
David Sanborn, saxophonist
Ken Flach, Wimbledon doubles champion
Lyle Waggoner, actor - Carol Burnett show
John McDaniel, pianist, Rosie O'Donnell sidekick
Josephine Johnson, Pulitzer prize-winning author, was born in Kirkwood on 20 June 1910
Marianne Moore, modernistpoet
Ridley Pearson, novelist
Mike Swoboda, mayor
Jeremy Maclin, college football player for Missouri
* Al Smith, baseball player
* David Lee, basketball player
Trent Green, Quarterback for the St. Louis Rams
Dorsey Schroeder, race car driver
David Frisch, football player
Michael J. Devlin, convicted kidnapper and child molester
Charles Lee (Cookie) Thornton
* [http://www.kirkwoodmo.org KirkwoodMO.org]
* [http://www.ci.kirkwood.mo.us Kirkwood.mo.us]
* [http://www.kirkwooddesperes.com/historic/main_frameset.htm Kirkwood Historical Society]
* [http://www.kirkwoodarea.com Kirkwood Chamber]
* [http://www.kirkwoodschools.org Kirkwood Public Schools]
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