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Kirkwood station (Missouri)

Coordinates: 38°34′51″N 90°24′24″W / 38.5809°N 90.4068°W / 38.5809; -90.4068
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Kirkwood, MO
The Kirkwood Amtrak station in 2012
General information
Location110 West Argonne Drive
Kirkwood, Missouri
United States
Coordinates38°34′51″N 90°24′24″W / 38.5809°N 90.4068°W / 38.5809; -90.4068
Owned byCity of Kirkwood
Platforms1 side platform, 1 island platform
Tracks2
Construction
AccessibleYes
Other information
Station codeAmtrak: KWD
History
Opened1893
Passengers
FY 202343,128[1] (Amtrak)
Services
Preceding station Amtrak Following station
Washington Missouri River Runner St. Louis
Terminus
Former services
Preceding station Amtrak Following station
Jefferson City National Limited St. Louis–Union Station
Preceding station Missouri Pacific Railroad Following station
Barrett Main Line Webster Groves
toward St. Louis
Kirkwood Missouri Pacific Depot
Map
Arealess than one acre
ArchitectDouglas Donovan
Architectural styleLate Victorian
NRHP reference No.85001476[2]
Added to NRHPJuly 5, 1985

Kirkwood station, also called the Kirkwood Missouri Pacific Depot, is a suburban Amtrak train station in Kirkwood, Missouri, United States. Located in downtown Kirkwood, it is one of four Amtrak stations in the St. Louis metropolitan area; the other three are the Gateway Multimodal Transportation Center in St. Louis, the Alton station, and the Washington station. The station is run entirely by volunteers, and is the third-busiest Amtrak station in Missouri.

History[edit]

In 1851, the land where the current station is located (Argonne Avenue and Kirkwood Road) was obtained from Owen Collins by the Pacific Railroad for a right of way. The track for the Pacific Railroad to Kirkwood was completed in 1853. The first train arrived May 11, 1853, for an auction sale of lots, making Kirkwood the first planned suburb west of the Mississippi. The town was named for the chief engineer for the railroad, James P. Kirkwood.

In 1863, a frame depot was built. Here members of the first school board met to draft the charter of the Kirkwood School District, which was granted in 1865. In 1893, Douglas Donovan was hired by the Missouri Pacific Railroad to construct the current stone station to replace the wooden station. The current station remains today as an outstanding example of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture.

Commuter trains ran to and from Kirkwood until 1961. A train turn-table was located near the present Farmers Market for the engines to be turned for the return trip to St. Louis and for the helper engines, which were used to help freight trains manage the "Kirkwood Hill," prior to the arrival of diesel engines. Though originally deemed ineligible for such status,[3] the station was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 5, 1985.

On November 9, 2022, Amtrak announced that it planned to work on improving the station.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, Fiscal Year 2023: State of Missouri" (PDF). Amtrak. March 2024. Retrieved June 29, 2024.
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. November 2, 2013.
  3. ^ "National Register of Historic Places – Nomination Form" (PDF). Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2008-05-30.
  4. ^ Colbert, Ethan. "Amtrak investing $3M into downtown Washington station". The Missourian. Retrieved 15 March 2023.

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