Recently Lucy, Cyndy and I hit the road for a culinary adventure. Before it got cold, we made a trip (about a 27-mile drive) to the little, river town of Kimmswick.
Kimmswick: It’s a Feeling
The town is more of a Norman Rockwell scene than a pristine Walt Disney theme park village. It’s a work in progress and that’s a good thing. The place reflects a bygone era so well, that I wouldn’t be surprised to see Opie walking along a path with a fishing pole over his shoulder.
Quaint, Quiet and Historic
Kimmswick came into being in 1859, when Theodore Kimm, a German dry goods merchant bought the acreage and gave it his name. The population skyrocketed to 1,500, including mostly wealthy St. Louis families and immigrant stonecutters, who benefited from the nearby rock quarries.
Once Upon a Time
At one time, there were four schools, two train stations, flour mill, lumber mill and brewery. Success was largely due to the town’s location near the railroad and river. But with the arrival of the automobile and highways, Kimmswick lost its advantage and its population.
In 1969, St. Louis heiress Lucianna Gladney Ross moved to restore the town and it has since become a thriving slice of yesteryear for its many visitors.
Blue Owl Restaurant and Bakery. Corner of Second and Mill St., Kimmswick, 32 miles SW of St. Louis off Hwy 55. Open: Tue-Fri 10a-3p. Sat-Sun 10a-5p. Closed: Mondays, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Owner/Operator: Mary Hostetter.