kirkwood missouri


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.

through black jade
Of the crow-blue mussel-shells, one keeps
adjusting the ash heaps;
opening and shutting itself like
injured fan.
The barnacles which encrust the side
of the wave, cannot hide
there for the submerged shafts of the
split like spun
glass, move themselves with spotlight swiftness
into the crevices–
in and out, illuminating
turquoise sea
of bodies. The water drives a wedge
of iron through the iron edge
of the cliff; whereupon the stars,
rice-grains, ink-
bespattered jelly-fish, crabs like green
lilies, and submarine
toadstools, slide each on the other.
marks of abuse are present on this
defiant edifice–
all the physical features of
of cornice, dynamite grooves, burns, and
hatchet strokes, these things stand
out on it; the chasm-side is
evidence has proved that it can live
on what can not revive
its youth. The sea grows old in it.

“The Fish” by Marianne Moore (born Kirkwood, MO, November 15, 1887 – February 5, 1972)