Kimmswick Things to Do
The Maul House is the Kimmswick Visitors Center, and before you do anything else, stop by and pick up Kimmswick brochures, bottled water or a soda, use the public restrooms, and perhps purchase a souvenir or a T-Shirt. The Maul House was the home of the Black school teacher in the town. It was built of Kimmswick bricks in 1872 and was originally...more
The Kimmswick Post Office has been in continuous operation since the day it opened on April 22, 1858. It has moved to other places since it was established, but it returned to this location in 1974.The founder of Kimmswick, Theodore Kimm, was appointed Kimmswick's first Postmaster in 1858. Before that time, the mail was delivered two miles down the...more
The Barbagallo House was the third log building to be moved to Kimmswick to be restored. In 1975, this building was on Green Park Road in St. Louis County and was about to be torn down to make room for something industrial. The Barbagallo family then gave the home to Kimmswick to move. It was taken down, and the logs were numbered; this process...more
The Old House (1770) is the largest and most historical log building to be relocated to Kimmswick. Originally, it was on Highway 61-67 in the part of Arnold, Missouri, which was known as Beck, Missouri. It was a dog trot (first two rooms, one on each end with a roof over a space between the two rooms) and said to date from Revolutionary times.A...more
In August of 1985, Mary Hostetter went from working out of her house to opening her own restaurant in a quaint old building that is located at 2nd and Mill Street. At that time, Mary says that she dreamed of having her own successful restaurant and she went one step further: she predicted "people would have to wait in line to get a table at the...more
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Chris Ferbet is the artist, and she creates hand-thrown pieces. Some of her pieces are made from the native RED CLAY which Chris digs up herself! Some days you can observe her at work in her studio there at the shop.This is, indeed a unique store that is open:Tuesday - Friday 10am-4pmSaturday-Sunday 10am-5pmYou cannot tell from this black and white...more
This small, old tin-roofed house on Market Street fascinated Jill and I so we went inside to investigate. we found that it is a historic site in Kimmswick called The Vaughn-Nies House. It has been restored to its original look.Today it is a shop for small items mostly.Again, I wanted to look at the Italian charms. Tiny Treasures specialize in Doll...more
I had read that a shop in Kimmswick, Missouri, carried authentic Zoppini Italian Charm bracelets and watches. Zoppini is made in Florence and originated the famous Italian modular bracelets; thus, Jill and I had to visit this clever place.As you are able to see from Jill's COLORED PHOTOGRAPH, it's a "zany" place!I collect the charms for the...more
Kimmswick Off The Beaten Path
Kimmswick was laid out in 1858 by a German named Theodore Kimm. He named the town after himself & added the German word "wick", which means town or village.
At that time, the St. Louis/Iron Mountain, Southern Railroad came through Kimmswick, so by 1858 people started to arrive. There were settlers, farmers, & tradesmen. The town grew & had an iron forge, grist mill, brewery, limestone quarries, & green houses (they shipped flowers to St. Louis.
Like St. Louis, Kimmswick was laid out in the grid pattern of blocks, subdivided by lots & alleyways. There were several hotels, a lumber yard, slaughter house, saloons, mercantile stores, jewelry store, blacksmith, butcher shop, a bootery, and three schools, "one for whites, one for blacks, & St. Joseph Catholic School (which remained until 1999)".
Mrs. Kimm passed away in St. Louis in 1876 and was buried in Jefferson Square Park beside their only child, Ernest Peltzer Kimm.
"Montesano Park, an amusement park owned by the Columbia Excursion Company was located on the north side of town. It featured a hotel, restaurant, dance pavilion, a boating lake, merry-go-round, roller coaster, pony track, bowling alleys, shooting gallery, & tent show. The park attracted many visitors who arrived by Steamboats & Trains. The Park closed in 1918".
When automobiles became the main form of transportation, & the new highways were built (which passed the town by), everything slowed down. Businesses moved to the new highways, & Kimmswick was forgotten.
Old buildings were torn down (National Hotel, the Bank, & the Woodsman Hall)
In the 1970's Lucianna Gladney Ross started restoration of the town. Old log buildings were moved here from other sites to be preserved. But now, the Huck Finn river boat paddles down from St. Louis on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from May through October & docks..
Even though it's still "Off the Beaten Path", it's now alive with shops, restaurants, & a Bed and Breakfast.Related to:
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Ruess-Terry House on Market street was built in 1866, and it is one of the oldest homes still standing in town. The lot was sold to Jacob Burchart by the founder, Mr. Kimm, for $180.00. After construction, Peter Bruhn owned the house. He was a businessman and the first Chariman of the Board of Trustees of Kimmswick. The home sold many time before...more
This petite brick home is called The Arnold House on its plaque, but as a business here in Kimmswick, it is now called Traditions & Treasures because it carries all kinds of collectibles that people "treasure".It is located at 309 Elm Street(636)464-0091Open:Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pmSaturday 10am-5pmSunday 11am-5pmThey specialize in the...more
One of the problems of using black and white film is that you miss out when there is an unusual place that relies on color for impact. The Christmas Haus is one such place; the house is RED.It was one of the first homes we saw as we drove into historic Kimmswick. I wondered about it because it looked so new. This home is located at Fourth and Elm....more