James P. Kirkwood, the civil engineer died on April 21st 1877.Another quiet day on the anniversary front but I managed to find this one. James Pugh Kirkwood was born in Edinburgh, he seems to have been educated in Galashiels and Edinburgh College then spent time working for his father in Holland during the early 19th century. He started a business in Glasgow before emigrating to the U.S in 1832.
Kirkwood worked on the early railroads, learning his trade as a civil engineer on the Boston and Albany Railroad connecting New York and Boston.
As well as working on many railway projects he also wrote a book and made himself well known in water filtration.
Pictured are the Starrucca Viaduct designed by Kirkwood and the logo for Kirkwood City Missouri, named in his honour.