The 2019 community rides kick off with a brand new historic tour of Kirkwood.
This is a casual and thoughtful paced ride. Maps will be available with supporting points of interest. No one will be left behind. The route is 12 miles and should take roughly three hours ending at the historic Geyer Inn. Times are just estimated. Let’s have some fun!
10:00 AM roll out
We will start at the Downtown Historic district, rolling out on a brief ride to the Kirkwood Train Station from our start at Kirkwood City Hall parking lot. We will take a tour of the train station and learn the origin of this important community asset.
While at the Train Station, we will bring attention to Kirkwood Firehouse #1, across the street.
10:25 AM roll to Kirkwood performing Arts Center
Next, the ride heads east on Argonne to the new site of the Kirkwood Performing Arts Center. There we will learn about the exciting news on what’s to come with the new building and the history of the Kirkwood Theater Guild.
10:55 AM roll to Mudd’s Grove
Next, back to the west, passing by Swan Cottage, on the way to Mudd’s Grove to hear about the mission of the Kirkwood Historical Society and a deeper understanding of the districts and landmarks throughout.
11:20 AM roll to Grants Trail through East Argonne Historic District
Back to the east, we will move to the East Argonne Historic District on our way to Grants Trail. Great Rivers Greenway will explain the origin, history and relevance of Rail to Trail conversions and the significance of the trail. We will go down the trail a bit and back to experience the Greenway.
11:50 AM roll to Quinette Cemetery
Next we will head west, to Quintette Cemetery. There we will learn about the burial site of African American Civil War soldiers, slaves, as well as World War II soldiers.
Heading north, on to the Frank Lloyd Wright House where we will be met at the street to learn about the influence of mid century modern architecture.
1:00 PM roll to Geyer Inn
Taking Dougherty Ferry and Essex back to the east towards downtown, we will land at the historic The Geyer Inn, built in 1904 as a gas station and converted to a tavern in 1930. While there, perhaps imbibe in a malt beverage to commemorate the journey while former Blues Hockey Player Jim Campbell will says a couple words. From there it’s back to city hall on your timeline.
Link to Map
On-site registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the ride departs promptly at 10 a.m. This ride is free for Trailnet members and only $8 for non-members on-line and $10 at the ride.