About Ballwin, Missouri
Facts, Trivia and useful information
Took its name from the first settler, John Ball, who established his farm here in 1804. The farm was located on the main highway west of St. Louis and soon a town was platted (1837). It was originally spelled as Baldwin (see Colton's map).
Just west of town is Ellisville, orignaly settled in 1836 by Captain Harvey Ferris. It was named after the U.S. Consul in Venezuela, Vespasian Ellis who had a farm there. Later sold to William A. Hereford who named it after the post office of his hometown in Virginia: Ellisvile.
In 1926 Manchester Rd. became US 66, and it was the main alignment of the highway until 1932 when it moved to the south.
Ballwin incorporated many years later, in 1950 and in 1963 Manchester Road was widened.
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Weather in Ballwin
Ballwin has four well marked seasons. It is located in the area where humid continental climate shifts towards a humid subtropical climate, so summers are hot and humid while winters are cold. It gets cold Arctic air and hot damp tropical air from the Gulf of Mexico. Spring is wet and may have extreme weather (tornados, thunderstorms and even winter storms). Fall is sunny and less humid, with mild weather.
Rainfall averages around 41 in. (1.041 mm). The most rainy months are from May through July with more than 4.1 in per month (104 mm). Snow falls from Nov. to Apr.: 17.8 in. (45 cm). Relative humitiy is on average 69.7% roughl the whole year.
The average winter high (Jan) is a chilly 39.9°F (4.4°C) and the winter low is on average 23.7°F (-4.6°C). The summer (Jul) average high is 89.1°F (31.7°C) and the average low is 71°F (21.7°C).
Ballwin is inside Missouri's "Tornado Alley" and St. Louis County has around 7 tornados each year.
Tornado Risk: read more about Tornado Risk along U.S. 66.
Getting to Ballwin
Reach Ballwin driving the historic 1926 - 1932 Route 66 now known as Missouri State Highway 100, or use Interstate I-44. I-270, US 50, US 61, I-55 and I-64 cross the area.
Map of Route 66 through Ballwin Missouri
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Below is the color key for Route 66’s alignment in Ballwin:
(for the other parts of Missouri, check the color key in the corresponding city's web page)
Pale Blue: Historic Route 66 alignment west of Gray Summit. East of Gray Summit is the post-1932 road.
Red line or gaps in alignment, is I-40, where it overlaps the old alignment.
Blue and Green show different things which you should check at each town's individual maps. Route 66 segments
Orange: the 1926-32 aligment through St. Louis.
Black: missing segments.
Learn more on the different Route 66's alignments through St. Louis.
Route 66's alignment in Missouri: the Historic Route 66 through Ballwin
Route 66 across Missouri
Historic U.S. highway 66, "Route 66" has been designated as an All-American Road and National Scenic Byway in the state of Missouri.
Click on the following link for a Full description of Route 66 across the state of Missouri.
Route 66 Sights in Ballwin
Landmarks and Places to See
Former Gas station
14432 Manchester Ballwin
What is nowadays the Duenke Cabinet Co. was identified in the "Summary Report" prepared by Maura Johnson for the Route 66 Association of Missouri in 1993, (https://dnr.mo.gov/shpo/survey/SWAS014-R.pdf) as a Gas ⁄ Service Station. And it does look like one, with a gabled canopy over the former pump island and a one door garage bay to the north.
Former filling station
1926 Map of Route 66 from St. James to St. Louis, Missouri, notice that this first map calls it "US 60", instead of US 66 (read more about this: Route 66 was born as US 60). Ballwin is in the middle of the map on the "black" line.
Banner image: Dead Man's Curve, Laguna New Mexico by Perla Eichenblat.