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The city of Kirkwood is located on three Route 66 alignments: the first original one (1926 -1932), the later one (since 1932) and the Bypass 66 alignment of Route around St. Louis.

Some of its original sights and classic Route 66 landmarks have survived and you can visit them during your road trip:

Drive along three old Route 66 alignments during your road trip in Kirkwood MO.

Route 66, the "1926-32" Alignment into St. Louis
< West - Gray Summit ¦ Wildwood ¦ Ballwin ¦ Manchester ¦ Des Peres ¦ Kirkwood ¦ Rock Hill ¦ Brentwood ¦ Maplewood - East >

Bypass Route 66 Around St. Louis
<SW - Kirkwood ¦ Creve Coeur ¦ Maryland Heights ¦ Bridgeton ¦ Hazelwood ¦ Mitchell ¦ Edwardsville ¦ Hamel - NE >

The Main Alignment of Route 66 near Kirkwood

< Head West
St. Clair ¦ Villa Ridge ¦ Gray Summit

Head East >
Sunset Hills ¦ Crestwood ¦ Marlborough

Route 66 in Kirkwood, Mo

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About Kirkwood, Missouri

Facts, Trivia and useful information

Elevation: 659 ft (201 m). Population 27,807 (est. 2019).
Time zone: Central (CST): UTC minus 6 hours. Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5).

Kirkwood is a town in St. Louis County, eastern Missouri.


This area has been inhabited for over ten thousand years. The French arrived in the mid 1700s from Canada, trading European goods for furs with the Osage and Kickapoo natives. The region was named Louisiana after the French King Louis XIV and St. Louis was founded in 1764.

The U.S. purchased it from France in 1803 and incorporated the Missouri Territory in 1812. In 1821 it became a state of the Union.

The old native trails (known as traces) became dirt roads and a stage coach route was establised along the road linking St. Louis with the state capital in Jefferson City. It was named Manchester Road and became US 66 in 1926.

Kirkwood was settled in the early 1850s in the eastern part of Bonhomme Township in St. Louis County, and the town was established in 1853 when the Kirkwood Association purchased 240 acres of land and platted a residential community on the Pacific Railroad that was being built through the area. It became the first suburb west of the Mississippi, linked by rail with St. Louis.

The name: Kirkwood

It was named for James Pugh Kirkwood, who was the first chief engineer of the Missouri Pacific Railroad. His surname has a Scottish origin and means "the wood near the church."

Route 66 Trivia

It has the rare honor of having three different Route 66 alignments running through it:

  1. The first one, from 1926 to 1932 along Manchester Rd.
  2. The later one, after 1932 and until the road was decertified, along its southern edge (Route 66 and City 66)
  3. Route 66 Bypass, with a north to south alignment along Kirkwood Rd. (which becomes Lindbergh Blvd.)

Getting to Kirkwood

Reach Kirkwood driving the historic Route 66 via Watson Rd. or Manchester Rd, or use Interstate I-44. I-270, US 50, US 61, I-55, and I-64 cross the area. advertisement

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Weather in Kirkwood

Route 66 in Kirkwood MO; location map

Location of Kirkwood on U.S. Hwy. 66

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). The town 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).

Tornado risk

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.

Map of Route 66 in Kirkwood Missouri

The thumbnail map below (click on it to see full size map) shows US 50, running from left to right on the north side of Kirkwood, US 66, bypass 67 and 61 running top to bottom through Kirkwood, and on the bottom of the map, Route 66 heading west (lower left) and into St. Louis as City 66 (lower right).

1950s color roadmap of Kirkwood area

1950s Route 66 roadmap Kirkwood MO
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click to see 1955 road map of St. Louis and vicinity

1955 roadmap of St. Louis and vicinity
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Above is another map, from 1955 showing all the roads leading into St. Louis (note US 66 and City 66).

The first Route 66 ran along Manchester Rd. with US 50, from 1926 to 1932. Then it was realigned south of Kirkwood (US 66 and City 66 in the map). The 1940s bypass 66 was built around St. Louis and it also went through Kirkwood.

Map 1931 showing the original US66 into St. Louis (Kirkwood middle right side of map)

1931 Roadmap showing Route 66 near St. Louis MO
A 1931 Map showing Route 66 in St. Louis area, Missouri See large map

See this map with US66 1926-32 alignment in Kirkwood, and this is the Bypass 66 map.

The Route 66 alignment in Kirkwood

Visit our pages with old maps and plenty of information about US 66's alignments.

Route 66 Sights in Kirkwood

Attractions and Landmarks for your Road Trip

Start your tour of Kirkwood on the south side of town, where the 1932-1970s U.S. 66 (now MO-366) running along Watson Rd. meets S Kirkwood Rd. in Sunset Hills.

Here is where Bypass 66 and City 66 forked at the now gone "cloverleaf". Head north towards Kirkwood along South Kirkwood Rd.

Route 66 meets US Highway 61 "The Blues Highway"

US highway 66 shield and a US highway 61 shield with the words Blues Hwy written on the upper part in white letters with blue background

The Mother Road meets the Blues Highway

Kirkwood Rd. carried US 66, bypass 67 (now US 67) and US 61 (which still runs along it).

US Highway 61 was created together with US 66 in 1926; it runs between New Orleans, Louisiana and ends in the town of Wyoming, Minnesota.
US Hwy 66 is known as the "Great River Road" because it runs parallel to the Mississippi for 1,407 miles, but it is best known as "The Blues Highway" because it is linked deeply with the long history of blues music.

Bloody 66: "The Racetrack of Death"

What would later become Bypass 66 was dedicated as Lindbergh Boulevard on Dec. 13, 1930 shortly after it had been paved with concrete. The new name replaced the original one (Denny Road) but, in Kirkwood, Lindbergh was renamed Kirkwood Rd.

In the 1960s County coroner Raymond Harris named it "The Racetrack of Death" because over 20% of St. Louis County car accidents happened along Lindbergh. The carnage claimed, according to the St Louis Globe-Democrat (Oct. 1969), 800 people were injured and 22 killed during period of one year and a half.

Green Parrot Inn

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Take a left along West Big Bend Road to 1500 W Big Bend Rd. (see this map with directions), after 1.4 miles you will reach a historical icon:

This was a classic restaurant built in 1915 by William Bopp and the postcard pictured below describes it as follows: "We specialize in Fried Chicken Dinners Open Year-Around Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Toothman, Proprietors."

Postcard of the Old Green Parrot, Kirkwood MO

color postcard of stone building with gable roof and 1940s cars
Postcard of the Green Parrot in Kirkwood, Missouri, Credits
gable roof, stone faced suburban home
Former Green Parrot nowadays Kirkwood, Missouri, click fof street view

Osage Movie Theater

Brick building with classic neon sign, a former movie theater on Route 66

Kirkwood Teater, formerly Osage theater. Click for street view

Retrace your steps and continue north along former BYP 66 and you will reach downtown Kirkwood just south of the railway, with several landmarks.
At 338 S Kirkwood is the old Movie Theater:

The Osage Theater opened in 1932 with a capacity of 642 spectators. In 1968 it became Kirkwood Cinema. It closed in 1998 and was repurposed as offices and apartments.

black and white 1940s photo of a single floor brick building, a movie theater
Vintage picture of the Osage Theater (notice Sinclair station to the left), Kirkwood Missouri. Credits

Old Gas stations

Lost stations: Sinclair and Phillips 66

There was a Sinclair station on the SE corner of Kirkwood Ave and Kirkwood Pl. (pictured above - left side of the theater) and a Phillips 66 stood at 311 S Kirkwood Rd. (to your left) where Andy's Frozen Custard is now located. The Then and now sequence below shows the same wall on the north side of the property (red arrow):

black and white 1940s view oblong box Phillips 66 station, cars, sign and pumps. Red arrow marks wall

1940s view Phillips 66 station Kirkwood MO. Credits

color view of a fast food outlet with north wall marked with a red arrow

Old Phillips 66 site nowadays. Click for street view

Former Barbeau's Conoco station

corner building with ramp and two garages

Old Conoco station nowadays. Click for street view

Across the street, to your right on the SE corner of S Kirkwood and E. Monroe once stood a Conoco gas station. It has been modified, but you can still make out the two former service bays and the steel railing on the north side of the property (red arrow in the images).

Facing it, on the NE corner was the Kirkwood Tire and Shell gas station, replaced by a modern three-floor apartments and commercial building that occupies the whole block along Route 66.

black and white 1940s photo of a Conoco gas station, pumps, railing, sign
Old picture of the Conoco Station on Route 66, Kirkwood Missouri. Credits

Spencer's Grill

black and white 1930s picture two story gable roof corner building with neon sign and car parked

1930s view Spencer's Grill. Credits

On the opposite corner, to your left, at 223 S Kirkwood Rd. is a vintage restaurant. Don't miss its classic neon sign.
Spencer's Grill opened in 1947. Try its breakfast pancakes and omelets (and hamburgers too).
The "Then and Now" images show that it hasn't changed at all!

Spencer's Grill with its good food and neon sign, Kirkwood MO

two story gray, gable roof building with vintage neon sign: Spencer’s grill
Spencer's Grill, Route 66 in Kirkwood, Missouri. Click for street view

Railroad Depot Area

Head north, and after passing by the City Hall, cross the railroad and take a right from Route 66 along E Argonne Dr. just ahead is a modern work of art, the "Chairs":

Three multicolored stacked chairs on the boulevard central divider

Three Stacked Chairs, click for street view

Three Stacked Chairs

On the boulevard's median, at E. Argonne Dr. 107 on the north side of the street, to your left.

The "3 Stacked Chairs" is the creation of artist Brother Mel Meyer, S.M., 1996, it was dedicated in the median of Argonne Drive in 2007. Turn around and head west. Cross Route 66. To your left is the historic railroad depot.

Railroad Depot

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

The first train station was built in 1853. The present building was erected in 1893 by local constuctor Douglas donavan. Train Station: Kirkwood's historic Train Station was built in 1893 and is one of the City's most enduring and beloved buildings.

Stone building with cupola and hipped roof, historic Kirkwood railway station

The railway station, click image for street view

red brick 2 story building grain and feed storage late 1800s

Coulter Feed building, click for street view

Coulter Feed

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Facing the station, to your right at 111 W Argonne Dr. Built in 1912 to house Joseph Coulter's feed store business. Coulter was a local Alderman in the 1920s.

The red brick building has white letters on it proclaiming "Hay Grain Flour & Feed Mills (pictured above).

Old Cottage-style Gas station

steep gable roof brick 2 building with red and white awning

Custard Station. Credits. St. view

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Ahead at 140 W Argonne Dr. to your left, hidden is the old gas station built in 1932 by DeRoo Weber. It is a small cottage styled station. Lately it was a custard stand and now Clementine's Naughty & Nice Creamery .

Below is a vintage photo, when it was a gas station:

cottage style gas station with pumps and cars c.1950s
Old Cottage style gas station, Kirkwood Missouri. Credits

Return to Route 66 and turn left, head north. Just before you reach Manchester Rd., to your right is an old auto dealership:

Rauscher Dealership

Cap Rauscher started the dealership in 1933 on N. Clay and W Jefferson, next to the now gone theater. In 1947 he moved to 1000 N. Kirkwood. Their slogan was "Save Bucks on Trucks."

His son, Les took over from him and in 1981 it became Chris Auffenberg Chevrolet. Below is a "Then and Now" sequence:

black and white 1949 photo of a Chevrolet auto dealer, with cars, brick building and US66
Vintage 1949 view of Rauschers Chevrolet dealership. Route 66, Kirkwood Missouri. Credits
Chevrolet auto dealership, empty, trees, parking lot and old US66
Former Rauschers Chevrolet nowadays. Route 66, Kirkwood Missouri. Click for St. view

Route 66 crosses the 1926-32 Route 66 alignment

At Manchester Rd. the old Bypass 66 (that later became "Main US66") running north to south along Kirkwood Rd. crosses the original 1926 to 1932 alignment running east to west from St. Louis to Gray Summit.

Below is a 1950s photo; at that time US 50 ran along Manchester Rd. while US 66, 61 and Bypass 66 ran along Kirkwood Rd.

black and white 1950s photo of US highway road signs at a junction
Road signs at the crossing of Manchester Rd. and Route 66, Kirkwood Missouri. Credits

The image above shows a sign directing travelers to the now gone Hollywood Court (10336 Manchester Rd.) and Sunset Court (10521 Manchester Rd). The Tydol station has also been razed, but further ahead, at the junction, an old building has survived:

Doerflinger Realty

On the small triangle (SE side of the junction) between Manchester Rd, Kirkwood Rd. and the lane linking nortbound traffic along Kirkwood with eastbound lanes on Manchester, is a small gable roofed building that was formerly known as Doerflinger Realty and now is a pet grooming shop (Little House of Dogs). Below are two "Then and Now" pictures of the spot, the red arrows mark the building. Notice the modern signage marking Route 66.

black and white 1952 photo of US highway 66 junction with Manchester Rd, gable roof building, cars
1952 junction of Manchester Rd. and Route 66 with Doerflinge Realty, Kirkwood Missouri. Credits

The De Soto dealership has gone.

color photo of junction of former US highway 66 and Manchester Rd, gable roof building, cars
Manchester Rd. and Route 66 with former Doerflinge Realty building, Kirkwood Missouri. Click for St. view

Take a right along Manchester Rd (MO-100), and just ahead, to your left is a classic service station:

Trog's Service Station

At 10456 Manchester Rd, now closed, it was a classic gas station on Manchester Road, US 50 at that time. It was built in 1937 with a single bay and in the 1950s a second serice bay was added. It was used by Phillips 66 as a training center until the Trogs leased it (Dick and his father George). Phillips 66 took the brand from them in 1998 in a bid to get rid of small operators. Dick Trog purchased the land and ran it until he retired around 2012.

oblong box white gas station with Dick Trog by the two Phillips 66 pumps in 1980
Trog's Gas station c.1980 with Mr. Trog, Kirkwood Missouri. Credits
oblong box twin sevice bay corner office 1950s white gas station now vacant and lacking pumps
Trog's Gas station in 2022, Kirkwood Missouri. Click for street view

Old Gas Station

Head east and at 9910 Manchester Rd. to your right is an old two-service bay, oblong box, 1950s gas station. Though very close to Rock Hill it is part of Kirkwood. Pictured below.

vintage oblong box 1950s former gas station

Vintage Service station. Click for street view

Coral Court Motel facade rebuilt in the St. Louis Transportation Museum, yellow tiles and neon sign, plus sports car

The rebuilt cottage from Coral Court Motel. Credits

Museum of Transportation

A short 4.5 mile drive from downtown Kirkwood, see this map directions.

Located at 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 are preserved here.

This leg of your Route 66 Road Trip ends here, head west into Manchester along the 1926-32 Route 66 or along the later alignment through Sunset Hills to continue your journey. advertisement

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