Irondale, Missouri

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Irondale, Missouri
City
Location of Irondale, Missouri
Location of Irondale, Missouri
Coordinates: 37°50′7″N 90°40′21″W / 37.83528°N 90.67250°W / 37.83528; -90.67250Coordinates: 37°50′7″N 90°40′21″W / 37.83528°N 90.67250°W / 37.83528; -90.67250
Country United States
State Missouri
County Washington
Area[1]
 • Total 0.54 sq mi (1.40 km2)
 • Land 0.53 sq mi (1.37 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation 807 ft (246 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 445
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 451
 • Density 839.6/sq mi (324.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 63648
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-35396[4]
GNIS feature ID 0736310[5]

Irondale is a city in Washington County, Missouri, United States. The population was 445 at the 2010 census.

Geography[edit]

Irondale is located at 37°50′7″N 90°40′21″W / 37.83528°N 90.67250°W / 37.83528; -90.67250 (37.835204, -90.672505).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.54 square miles (1.40 km2), of which, 0.53 square miles (1.37 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 445 people, 160 households, and 122 families residing in the city. The population density was 839.6 inhabitants per square mile (324.2/km2). There were 192 housing units at an average density of 362.3 per square mile (139.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.5% White, 0.2% Native American, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 160 households of which 39.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 23.8% were non-families. 20.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.16.

The median age in the city was 36.9 years. 28.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.7% were from 25 to 44; 27.2% were from 45 to 64; and 12.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.8% male and 49.2% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 437 people, 169 households, and 117 families residing in the city. The population density was 803.8 people per square mile (312.5/km²). There were 198 housing units at an average density of 364.2 per square mile (141.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.71% White, 0.23% Native American, 0.46% Asian, and 1.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.92% of the population.

There were 169 households out of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.0% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 29.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,250, and the median income for a family was $30,156. Males had a median income of $25,833 versus $15,909 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,819. About 19.5% of families and 23.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 44.4% of those under age 18 and 8.5% of those age 65 or over.

History[edit]

Irondale was laid out in 1857 by John G. Scott, who built an iron furnace there.[7][8] The town briefly changed its name to Savoy in 1906 to solve the problem of mail getting mixed up with the nearby towns of Ironton and Iron Mountain. A few years later the name was changed back to Irondale. This was after the Postal Service started delivering the mail and the Rail Road had stopped delivering the mail.

Camp Irondale[edit]

Irondale once had a Boy Scout camp, called Irondale Scout Reservation. It was opened in 1920, closed and was replaced by the S-F Scout Ranch in August 1965. In 1948, Irondale Scout Reservation opened the first Olympic-sized swimming pool in Missouri.

Famous Irondales[edit]

  • Thomas Wesley Benoist (1874–1917), aviator, aircraft designer and manufacturer, founder of the world '​s first scheduled airline
  • The Iron Mountain Baby, William Moses Gould Helms, subject of folksong, was discovered where the railroad trestle crosses Big River in August, 1902.
  • John Kernan (1958–Present), announcer for ESPN and ABC NASCAR broadcasts 1990-2000, host of RPM2Night on ESPN2 1996-2003.
  • Jim Niesen, director, writer, and actor. Artistic Director of the Irondale Ensemble Project. Spent his boyhood summers in the City of Irondale.
  • Ferlin Huskey (December 3, 1925 to March 17, 2011(2011-03-17) (aged 85), Country Singer and Musician spent his early childhood on a farm outside of Irondale and attended grade school at Irondale.
  • Marilyn Middleton (Pollock or Mellor) singer, voice teacher, actress. Raised in Irondale. Moved to Chicago where started singing career then to Great Britain.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ History of Southeast Missouri: A Narrative Account of Its Historical Progress, Its People and Its Principal Interests, Volume 1. Lewis Publishing Company. 1912. p. 392. 
  8. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1918). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 370.