Jennings

Jennings is a city located in northern St. Louis County. Stretching across 3.70 square miles, the area is home to roughly 14,712 residents, as of the 2010 census. Being west of St. Louis City limits, Jennings has easy access located nearly 15 miles north of Downtown St. Louis.

The city’s name is a tribute to James Jennings, a notable farmer and merchant from Virginia who relocated to St. Louis with his wife and seven children. In 1855, North Missouri Railroad laid tracks bisected and divided Jennings’s property. James passed later that year at the age of 74, and by 1880 most of James’ heirs had sold off their property and moved away from the area.

The area started to show signs of prosperity when in 1883, Lancashire, England native Miles A. Seed established the Seed Dry Plate Company. Seed was a photographer who was interested in the science and development of producing photographic negatives. The Seed Dry Plate Company helped create “notable dry plates” — glass plates that are located inside the camera that help with light-sensitive photos. The Seed Dry Plate Company employed more than 100 workers.

During the mid-1900s, the automobile and other technological revolutions created a swarm of blue-collar jobs. At the time, the region was divided into three main towns – Jenwood, Woodland and Jennings. Knowing that integration would not only solidify the area’s status, but help in expansion, the area incorporated under the name of Jennings in 1946.

Residents of Jennings are served by the Jennings School District.

Jennings Official Website

Traditions

Koeneman Park and Lions Park are the city of Jennings’ two major park destinations. Amenities include picnic sites and pavilions, barbequing pits and volleyball area.

With history dating back as far as the 1920s, the North Hills Country Club is an golfing, tennis and swimming social club. Added to the National Registry of Historical Places in 2005, the clubhouse serves an array of members, covering 61,000 square feet.

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Community Contacts

Mayor of Jennings Yolanda Austin
Current City Council Members Miranda Jones
Allan Stichnote
Francine Dugger
Terry Wilson
Carol Epps
Phyllis Anderson
Julia Roberts
Rodney Epps
City Clerk Deletra Hudson (314) 388-1164
Finance Director Rise Johnson (314) 388-1164
City Attorney Carla Allen (314) 388-1164
Municipal Judge Jack Duepner (314) 385-4670
Streets and Parks Director William Kaeshamer
(314) 381-7184
Deputy Building Commissioner Henry Johnson (314) 388-1164
Director of Recreations & Civic Center: Earl Green (314) 388-1164
Jennings Police Department (314) 385-4672
Jennings Fire Department (314) 899-0535