110 West Argonne Drive Kirkwood, MO 63122
- Annual Station Revenue (2013)
- Annual Station Ridership (2013)
|Facility Ownership||City of Kirkwood|
|Parking Lot Ownership||City of Kirkwood|
|Platform Ownership||Union Pacific Railroad|
|Track Ownership||Union Pacific Railroad|
|40 Long Term Parking Spaces||40 Short Term Parking Spaces||Accessible Payphones|
|Accessible Platform||Accessible Restrooms||Accessible Waiting Room|
|Accessible Water Fountain||Dedicated Parking||Enclosed Waiting Area|
|Pay Phones||Quik Trak Kiosk||Restrooms|
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The Romanesque-style Kirkwood station was built in 1893 by the Missouri Pacific Railroad (now Union Pacific Railroad) and for Kirkwood residents, the station represents more than just a place to alight and depart; it is the heart of the community.
Kirkwood owes its existence to the railroad, and from the beginning, citizens of Kirkwood have been captivated by the railroad. The city was named for the chief engineer of the Pacific Railroad, James Pugh Kirkwood.
In 1852, land was acquired from Owen Collins by the Pacific Railroad for a right-of-way and the track to Kirkwood was completed the following year. The first train pulled into Kirkwood on May 11, 1853, for an auction sale of lots. Kirkwood became the first planned suburb west of the Mississippi River.
The original station was a frame depot built in 1863, yet it only survived for 30 years. In 1893, Douglas Donovan was hired to replace the wooden structure with a stone station. A train turn-table was located near the present-day Farmers Market to turn engines for the return trip to St. Louis. Freight trains frequently used helper engines to endure the “Kirkwood Hill,” prior to dieselization. Commuter trains traveled through Kirkwood until 1961.
In 2003, Amtrak discontinued agents at the Kirkwood station at the state’s request, in order to cut costs, yet the station did not remain closed for long. City administrator Mike Brown led an initiative to buy the station and institute a pioneer management program. The city called for volunteers to staff the Amtrak station, and 199 citizens showed up to perform their civic duties.
One year later, Amtrak awarded station volunteers the 2004 President’s Service and Safety “Champion of the Rails” Award. Not only do station volunteers provide arrival and departure times, they meet and greet customers, beautify the station, host civic gatherings and parties, provide tourist information, and run a lending library for passengers. The station is run entirely by volunteers.
Today, the city is called the “Queen of the St. Louis Suburbs.” Kirkwood is often likened to Bedford Falls, the fictional town in the film, It’s a Wonderful Life, because of its stately tree-lined avenues, vibrant downtown, and historic homes. Attractions in Kirkwood include the Powder Valley Nature Center, The Magic House, downtown Kirkwood, beautiful parks, and festivals.
Kirkwood is served by four daily trains.
Amtrak does not provide ticketing or baggage services at this facility.