Webster Groves Celebrates 125 Years
Webster Groves is celebrating its 125th birthday this year and is inviting residents to a small reception to celebrate.
The area was initially known as Dry Ridge to native residents and fur trappers but became a destination for people leaving the city limits for a quieter community. Over the years the area continued to grow as more residents moved from downtown St. Louis to areas further out, commuting on the Pacific Railroad.
In 1892, developers of the Webster Park community began calling the area the “Queen of the Suburbs” as it offered beautiful housing options with a swift commute to downtown St. Louis jobs. Five separate communities sprang up along the railroad lines: Webster, Old Orchard, Webster Park, Tuxedo Park, and Selma. All of those communities merged in 1896 to become Webster Groves with unified public services and city government. The Old Orchard area was annexed in 1897, increasing the size of the community.
“Webster Groves has continued to grow throughout the decades,” said Gerry Welch, Mayor of Webster Groves. “The families and businesses that makeup Webster Groves take such pride in the community and it’s important to acknowledge our history.”
The community is invited to join the Mayor of Webster Groves and City employees at City Hall on Friday, November 19 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for a small celebration. Hot chocolate and cake pops will be served.