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"Glimpses of Meramec Highlands" (1995) is in its sixth printing.  An extensive index and a new introduction was added in honor of ten years in print.  Glimpses of Meramec Highlands is a 213 page book in a presentation binder.  It has won the Kemper Local History Award from the Kirkwood Historical Society.  The 2005 edition with index and a new introduction costs $25.00 + tax & $8.00 shipping.
                   
* St. Louis residents may order directly from Meramec Highlands Books via contact form.


 

©1995, Meramec Highlands Books.  2005 Indexed version



213 pages, with photos and period illustrations, contents fully referenced and indexed.

Awarded Kemper Local History Award in 1997 by the Kirkwood Historical Society, 1993 development grant from the Historical Society of Missouri.

Table of Contents:


Chapter 1 -- St. Louis in the 1890s, A Context for Meramec Highlands: St. Louis'
                      Only Exclusive Health Resort
               2 -- Marcus Bernheimer: Founder of the Meramec Highlands
               3 -- Sunset Hill Electric Light, Water and Power Company
               4 -- Rock of Ages: The Meramec Highlands Quarry
               5 -- Meramec Highlands Inn and Cottages
               6 -- Meramec Highlands Depot
               7 -- Meramec Highlands Frisco Tunnel
               8 -- Curative Waters of the Meramec Highlands
               9 -- Meramec Highlands Store
              10 -  Postmark: Meramec Highlands
              11 -  School in the Meramec Highlands
              12 -  Meramec Highlands Sunday School Chapel
              13 -  Meramec River Amusements
              14 -  Meramec Highlands Streetcar Loop
              15 -  The Competition: Eden Park
              16 -  The Intoxicating Highlands
              17 -  Osage Hills to Greenbriar Hills
              18 -  Bibliography & Index

 

"King Trolley and the Suburban Queens"  (November 2005) is now available for purchase for $25.00 + tax &  $8.00 Shipping. Payment is to be made using PayPal.
308 pages with over 70 photographs, maps, and period illustrations.  Fully referenced and indexed.  Softbound 8.5 by 11 inch book. The story of streetcar service to Meramec Highlands, Kirkwood, Webster Groves, and other St. Louis County, Missouri destinations from 1890 to 1950.

 



©2005, Meramec Highlands Books



Table of Contents:


1. The Times of "King Trolley" - A Context
2. Promotion, Talk, and More Promotion
3. Construction Moves Forward
4. Drastic Action and Heady Success
5. Disaster on the "Air Line"
6. Assigning Blame
7. The Air Line Bounces Back - Briefly
8. St. Louis and Meramec River Railroad Arrives in Webster Groves
9. St. Louis and Suburban Arrives in Kirkwood
10. Party in the Summer - Freeze in the Winter
11. Kirkwood vs. St. Louis and Suburban
12. Suburban's Railway Post Office
13. St. Louis & Suburban "Escapes" Transit Merger
14. Suburban on Strike
15. Hold 'Em or Fold 'Em
16. The Suburban's Clayton Connection
17. Loop Anchors Maplewood's Development
18. The Ferguson Connection
19. From a Scandal Low to a World's Fair High
20. United Railways Service 1907-1919
21. Receivership Years 1919-1927
22. Public Service Company 1927-1939
23. The End of the Line
24. Memories: Kirkwood-Ferguson and Manchester Lines
25. Maps and More

26. Bibliography & Index

 

For additional information; email James Baker.


 

Meramec Highlands – Another View Vol. 1


Meramec Highlands - Another View is a follow-up to Glimpses of Meramec Highlands published in 1995.  The history of the turn of the 20th century health resort on the bluffs overlooking the Meramec River in west Kirkwood, Missouri covers information not included in Glimpses.  The 340 page 8.5 by 11 inch paperback includes references for each chapter and an extensive index.  Numerous previously unpublished illustrations, maps, and photographs are included.  Copyright 2017.

 

Price - $25.00 + tax & $8.00 shipping.  Local St. Louis area purchasers may contact the publisher directly to order at a lesser rate for shipping.




Table of Contents:


1.   In the Beginning – Native American Presence                                               

2.   Marcus Bernheimer – “Failed” Entrepreneur                                               

3.   Meramec Highlands Quarry – Dee Koestering Park                                     

4.   The Lane Quarry House                                                                                   

5.   Meramec Highlands Inn and Cottages                                                               

6.   The Frisco Railroad                                                                                                 

7.   Meramec Highlands Frisco Station                                                                     

8.   The Frisco Station’s Bumpy Road from “At Risk” to “Renovated”     

9.   Station Agent – Della Snyder                                                           

10. Frisco Tunnel Tales                                                                         

11. Deadly Train Wrecks at the Highlands                                             

12. Meramec Highlands Store                                                                                   

13. Pretty Boy Floyd – Infamous Resident of the Highlands Store             

14. Dancing Destination – the Pagoda                                                     

15. Eden Park – the Pagoda’s Competition                                         

16. Groth Bar and Livery                                                                       

17. The Curative Waters of the Meramec Highlands                                 

18. River Recreation near the Highlands                                                 

19. Camping by the Meramec                                                               

20. The JINX on the Meramec                                                               

21. Meramec Highlands School District                                                     

22. Osage Hills School                                                                           

23. Street Rail – End of the Line                                                             

24. Farming in the Highlands                                                                 

25. Dairies in the Highlands                                                                                 

26. Ice Harvesting at Meramec Highlands                                               

27. Three Park Proposals Defeated                                                         

28. Meramec Highlands – Kirkwood’s First Historic District                       

29. Index   

                                                                                        

 

Meramec Highlands - Another View Vol.1

Disc Version

Meramec Highlands - Another View is a follow-up to Glimpses of Meramec Highlands published in 1995.  The history of the turn of the 20th century health resort on the bluffs overlooking the Meramec River in west Kirkwood, Missouri covers information not included in Glimpses.  The 340 page digital book includes references for each chapter and an extensive index.  Chapters are linked to the Table of Contents. Numerous previously unpublished illustrations, maps, and photographs are included.  Copyright 2017.

 

Price $15.00 + tax & free shipping