110 W. Argonne, Kirkwood, MO, 63122 / Cake artist: Mary Hanson / Cake sponsored by Bethesda Health Group

*National Register of Historic Places*

 

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.

The cake in front of the building, which sat on the structure advertising its sponsor, Bethesda Health Group.
The cake in front of the building, which sat on the structure advertising its sponsor, Bethesda Health Group.
The train station
The train station

Cake placement date: February 21

Where is the cake now?: The cake sold in the biddingforgood auction for $505 on 1/1/2015. On private property.

Kirkwood Train Station on Kirkwood’s website / Bethesda Health Group’s Official website

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