Kirkwood is an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis, located in St. Louis County, Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 27,540. Founded in 1853, the city is named for James Pugh Kirkwood, builder of the Pacific Railroad through that town. It was the first planned suburb located west of the Mississippi River.
Plans for a new community close to St. Louis began following the St. Louis Fire (1849) and the 1849 cholera outbreak that killed a tenth of the residents of downtown St. Louis. Kirkwood was the first suburban municipality built outside of the St. Louis City boundaries.
The Greentree Festival is held every September. The Greentree Festival has many things to do such as arts and crafts for kids and many different foods from many different cultures. Greentree has been a tradition for over 50 years. Since 1961, it has been held in Kirkwood Park. The festival consists of a parade and a fair held in Kirkwood park. The festival was originally created to replace the drought-stricken trees in the park.
The Kirkwood Farmers' Market was founded in 1976. It is an outdoor market that has a variety of homegrown vegetables and fruits. There are more than 300 local businesses that contribute to the market.
The median income for a household in the city was $70,261, and the median income for a family was $89,219. Males had a median income of $51,515 versus $36,235 for females. The per capita income for the city was $32,012. About 2.8% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.
On February 7, 2008 a gunman shot multiple people at a Kirkwood city council session, killing five: Council Member Connie Karr, Council Member Michael H. T. Lynch, Public Works Director Kenneth Yost, and two police officers, Sgt. William Biggs and Officer Tom Ballman. Sergeant Biggs was killed in the lot of a nearby Imo's Pizza restaurant; Thornton stole his gun and proceeded to enter City Hall. Once inside, he killed Officer Ballman and opened fire on the city council. Kirkwood mayor Mike Swoboda and Suburban Journals reporter Todd Smith were wounded. The gunman, Kirkwood resident Charles "Cookie" L. Thornton, had a history of disruptive behavior and legal actions against the city government. The legal actions were related to ordinance violations and other issues with the police and the city council. Thornton was shot and killed by additional officers, who responded after one of the dying officers was able to activate his emergency signal on his radio. Within minutes, dozens of officers were on the scene. Mayor Swoboda died later the same year on September 6, 2008, succumbing to cancer in addition to complications from the February shootings.
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Grahams Grill & Bayou Bar - Category: Southern, Seafood, Caribbean, Cajun - 612 W Woodbine Ave. Kirkwood, MO 63122 (314) 965-2003
Richard's Ribs - Category: American, Chicken, Ribs, Steak, Burgers, Barbecue - 10727 Big Bend Rd Kirkwood, MO (314) 966-1015
Texas Roadhouse - Category: Barbecue, Ribs, Chicken, Southern, Steak - 1220 S Kirkwood Rd. Kirkwood, MO (314) 966-5138
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