James P. Kirkwood - Kirkwood, MO
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N 38° 34.854 W 090° 24.427
15S E 725858 N 4273458
Remembering his achievements and co-founder and second president of the American Society of Civil Engineers
Waymark Code: WMZ323
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 09/03/2018
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County of marker: St. Louis County
Location of marker: W. Argonne Drive & Kirkwood Rd., behind depot, Kirkwood
Marker dedicated: April 2012
Marker erected by: St. Louis Section of ASCE

Marker Text:

Remembering the Achievements of
March 27, 1807 - April 22, 1877

Co-Founder (1852) and Second President (1867-1868)of the

James Puch Kirkwood was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He came to the United States in 1832 and was appointed Resident Engineer for the Western Railway of Massachusetts, and later the Long Island Railroad. He won recognition for the rapid construction of the Great Starrucca Masonry Viaduct on the Erie Railroad in 1847, after which he became the Railroad's General Superintendent.

James Kirkwood came to St. Louis to be Chief Engineer for the Missouri Pacific Railroad in April 1850. His task was to lay out a route from St. Louis to the western border of Missouri. The chosen route, following the Meramec River to Gray's Summit and then along the Missouri River to Jefferson City, led to the founding of the City of Kirkwood. James Kirkwood resigned in 1852 due to poor health. In March 1865, the St. Louis Board of Water Commissioners made Kirkwood the Chief Engineer of the Water Division. He designed the City's first water treatment plant at Bissells Point, which was built in 1867 and served St. Louis until 1960. Kirkwood resigned in 1867 and returned to New York. James Kirkwood is the namesake of Kirkwood, Missouri and Kirkwood, New York.

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History of Mark:
James Pugh Kirkwood (27 March 1807 – 22 April 1877) was a 19th-century American civil engineer, and general superintendent of the Erie Railroad in the year 1849-1850. He left the Erie to go to the southwest to construct railroads, and he made the first survey for the Pacific Railroad west from the Mississippi to the Rocky Mountains. Late 1860s he served as President of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

"Kirkwood was born in Edinburgh, Scotland He graduated at the Edinburgh College, and learned civil engineering on the Boston and Albany Railroad, an early work from which a number of engineers and contractors came to the Erie when it was building.

"Kirkwood had come to the United States in 1832 with letters to McNeill, who arranged work for him on the Norwich Worcester Railroad. He served on the Boston & Providence Railroad, and in 1835 became Assistant Engineer of the Stonington Railroad. In that same year he surveyed the route for the Long Island Rail Road, which was opened from the foot of Atlantic street to Hicksville in 1837. He had charge of the construction of that road until operations were stopped by the panic of 1837.

"In 1840 Kirkwood was Resident Engineer on the Mountain Division of the Western Rail Road., where he remained until its completion in 1843. He located and constructed the Springfield & Northampton Rail Road. In 1848 he completed the Starrucca Viaduct as Superintendent in one season; The Starrucca Viaduct near Lanesboro, Pennsylvania, considered to be the most expensive railroad bridge at the time, as well as the largest stone viaduct, and for its first use of concrete in American bridge construction. This success led to his appointment as General Superintendent of the Erie Railroad in April 1, 1849, where he succeeded Hezekiah C. Seymour.

"Only one year later at Erie Railroad, May 1, 1850, Kirkwood was succeeded by Charles Minot, and became Chief Engineer of the Missouri Pacific Railroad. the Pacific Railroad, and was responsible for the construction of the road from St. Louis to Pacific, Missouri. The towns of Kirkwood, Missouri, and Kirkwood, New York, are named after him. Late 1860s he consulted on and completed the Bergen Tunnel in 1858-9. At this time he was Engineer of the Brooklyn Water Supply, whose successful completion was largely due to his efforts.

"In 1865 he was appointed Chief Engineer of St. Louis, Missouri, in charge of the design of a state-of-the-art waterworks. He served in that capacity until 1867, when he was replaced by Thomas Jefferson Whitman, brother of Walt Whitman. In 1867 he moved back to New York and served as President of the American Society of Civil Engineers from 1867 to 1868. In the last years of his life he was consulting engineer at the Lynn, Massachusetts water-works.

"In 1877 Kirkwood died in Brooklyn, New York at the age of 70 and was buried in Green-Wood Cemetery. ~ Wikipedia

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