Monday, June 23, 2014

#10: Kirkwood Train Station

For this cake, I decided to include the bottom platform, since I thought it was noteworthy :)

In 1853, Kirkwood became the first planned suburb west of the Mississippi, mainly because of the newly-built railroad. In fact, the city got its name from the railroad’s chief engineer, James Pugh Kirkwood. A frame depot was built in 1863, and 30 years later, a station made of stone was constructed. Trains ran at the station until 1961. Amtrak wanted to close the station in 2002, but thanks to the help of many volunteers and the city, the station was saved. It is one of three Amtrak stations in the St. Louis area, and it is currently run by volunteers, whose main goal is to keep the station open.

Wikipedia link
Document (pdf file)

110 W. Argonne, KIRKWOOD, MO, 63122
Cake artist: Mary Hanson
Cake sponsored by: Bethesda Heath Group

UPDATE (9/4/2016): The cake sold for $505 in the biddingforgood auction on 1/1/2015.

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