Is the inner suburb of St. Louis, established in 1853; Kirkwood is a historic City. Both the Kirkwood Train station and the Downtown Business District as well as many of the Kirkwood neighborhoods have achieved inclusion in the national register of Historic places. With Turn of the Century homes and a thriving business community, Kirkwood has long been known for it’s down home charm, community pride, involved residents and nationally recognized schools. The district has received the “Distinction in Performance Award, : the state of Missouri’s highest recognition, each year since its inception.