Meramec Highlands Books
1015 Barberry Lane
Kirkwood, Mo, 63122

James F. Baker, proprietor


  • "Glimpses of Meramec Highlands" (1995) is in its sixth printing.  An extensive index and a new introduction has been added in honor of ten years in print.   Copies of the index may be purchased separately for $3.00. 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 $23.95.   

©1995, Meramec Highlands Books.  2005 Indexed version

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  • 213 pages, with photos and period illustrations, contents fully referenced and indexed.   See a newspaper article on the book's initial release.
  • 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

  • Glimpses of Meramec Highlands - Index  9 pages - 3 hole punched to complete the 1995 edition.  Price is $3.00.
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  • We are currently collecting photos and information for a second volume on Meramec Highlands, tentatively titled, "Meramec Highlands, Missouri: A Second Look."  This volume will delve into aspects of the resort and the lives of residents and visitors to the Meramec Highlands area.  Please see the info page to submit any information.


©2005, Meramec Highlands Books

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  • "King Trolley and the Suburban Queens"  (November 2005) is now available for purchase for $24.95. 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.

Table of Contents:

Chapter 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
 

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