Located between the northern-St. Louis County cities of Berkeley, Edmundson, Ferguson and Cool Valley is the historical city of Kinloch. As one of the oldest African-American communities to be incorporated in the state of Missouri, the city established for being one of the most popular and vibrant black communities within the Midwest for a majority of the 19th and 20th century. Originally founded in the fall of 1890, Kinloch of today covers no more than 0.73 total square miles of land with a population of 299, at the time of the 2010 census. Notable residents from Kinloch include actress Jennifer Lewis, football player Derrick Rodgers and rapper Huey.

Kinloch’s name is Scottish and translates to “at the head of the lake.” There is quite a debate into how the region officially earned the name of ‘Kinloch.’ Many suggest that Major Henry Smith Turner, a notable US military figure and banker, originally named the area as a tribute to his ancestral family name. Others believe that a Scottish traveler by the name of Richard Graham arrived in the area as early as 1807 and named his settlement ‘Kinloch’ after his original holdings located in the state of Virginia. Up until the end of the 19th century, the area was sporadically settled.

When the 1890s approached, the area was developed into a commuter suburb thanks in part to such a close proximity to the city of St. Louis as well as the construction of the Wabash Railroad, which immensely grew interest in transportation to and from the city. Kinloch began growing steam as a notable African American community when several soldiers returned home from serving in World War I. By 1920, the area was mainly populated by African American residents.

In 1948, Kinloch was incorporated as Missouri’s first fourth-class, all-black city.

Residents of Kinloch are served by the Ferguson-Florissant School District.

Kinloch Official Website


Community Contacts

Mayor of Kinloch Darren Small
(314) 256-9737
City Clerk Justine Blue
(314) 256-9737
Court Clerk Bridget N. Washington
(314) 455-3195
Prosecuting Attorney Jonathan Savage (314) 455-3195
Municipal Judge Nasahd O. Carrington (314) 455-3195
Planning and Zoning Commission Paul Keys
Eugene R. Fryer
Roy Oldham