About Kirkwood, Missouri
Facts, Trivia and useful information
Kirkwood was established in 1852 in the eastern part of Bonhomme Township. It was named after James P. Kirkwood who was the first chief engineer of the Missouri Pacific Railroad.
See this Map of the town
It has the rare honor of having three different Route 66 alignments running through it: the first one, from 1926 to 1932 along Manchester Rd., the later one, after 1932 and until the road was decertified, along its southern edge, and the Route 66 Bypass, with a north to south alignment along Kirkwood Rd. (which becomes Lindbergh Blvd.)
>> Check out the RV campground close by, in Fenton
Weather in Kirkwood
Rainfall in Kirkwood is, on average 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.
Kirkwood 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.
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).
Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood
Reach Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood Missouri
Display Kirkwood Route 66 Map
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Below is the color key for Route 66’s alignment in Kirkwood:
(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 Kirkwood
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 Kirkwood
Its Attractions and Landmarks
Start your tour of Kirkwood on the "post-1932" U.S. 66 (now MO-366, at Watson and Kirkwood Rd.) where BYP 66 and CY 66 met. Head north towards Kirkwood. Take a left along West Big Bend Road (this is the map with directions, after 1.4 miles you will reach a historical icon:
Green Parrot Inn
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
1500 West Big Bend Road
This classic restaurant is described in the postcard pictured below as follows: "We specialize in Fried Chicken Dinners Open Year-Around Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Toothman, Proprietors...".
The Green Parrot was built in 1915 by William Bopp.
Retrace your steps and continue north along former BYP 66 when you reach downtown Kirkwood just sout of the railway.
223 S Kirkwood Rd.
Don't miss its classic neon sign. It is in downtown Kirkwood and opened in 1947. Try its breakfast pancakes and omelets (and hamburgers too).
Check out this vintage postcard, it has hardly changed!
Spencer's Grill with its good food and neon sign, Kirkwood MO
The railway station, click image for street view
Behind the station is Argonne Drive. Park and take a walk. To the west is a great view of the good old days (see the red brick building of "Hay Grain Flou r& Feed Mills -this is its Street View.
To the west is a modern work of art, the "Chairs":
Three Stacked Chairs, click for street view
Three Stacked Chairs
E. Argonne Dr.
The "3 Stacked Chairs" is the creation of artist Brother Mel Meyer, S.M., 1996, it wa dedicated in the median of Argonne Drive in 2007.
Continue north along Kirkwood Rd. Take a right along MO-100 and just ahead, to your left is a classic service station (no pumps now! only oil changes):
Trog's Service Station
10456 Manchester Rd, Kirkwood
Don't miss this 1940s? gas station on Manchester Road. it is pictured below.
Old Gas Station
9910 Manchester Rd.
Now I-Tint Windows LLC, pictured above, it is definitely an old gas station, it is pictured above.
There are two other interesting things to see in town:
The Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park
120 North Ballas Road, Kirkwood
Located in the Sugar Creek area of Kirkwood this is a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, consideredthe greatest American architect of the 20th century.
It is a 1,900-square-foot residence and is one of only five Wright designs in Missouri.
The rebuilt cottage from Coral Court Motel, Jon Roanhaus
Museum of Transportation
3015 Barrett Station Rd, Their website.
From steam locomotives to automobiles from 1901 to the 1960s, worth stopping by. Admission fee is charged. Portions of the old Coral Court Motel is preserved here.
Banner image: Dead Man's Curve, Laguna New Mexico by Perla Eichenblat.