Ballwin is a city in western St. Louis County. Its population was 30,404 as of the 2010 census, and the city encompasses a total of almost nine square miles. Ballwin is unique in that it is the only city in the entire United States named Ballwin, unlike such cities of Baldwin, which are found in Kansas and Illinois.
The area was founded by a man named John Ball, whose father was a member of the Patriot Forces after he emigrated from Ireland to settle in Virginia in the mid-1700s. Records preserved in Jefferson City show a title transfer of 400 acres — along Grande Glaize Creek — to John Ball in February of 1800. This is the earliest official document of Ball’s settlement of the region, making up current day Ballwin.
In 1826, Jefferson City became the new home for Missouri’s capital and there was a need for a new overland mail route between the city of St. Louis and Jefferson City. The new route was established on a road that intersected Ball’s property. John Ball chose to make the most of the convenience it provided to his property, and laid out plans for a town.
Originally named Ballshow, the town was renamed Ballwin merely two days later and the name has been cemented ever since. The name is a hybrid of John’s last name and his belief of his town’s capability to “win” in both status and growth. Hence the “win” integrated into the name.
Residents of Ballwin are served by the Parkway and Rockwood School District.
Queeny Park is Ballwin’s popular park area that is home to a variety of recreational activities including playgrounds, fishing ponds, picnic sites and hiking trails. Every Labor Day weekend, the park is home to the Art Fair at Queeny Park, which hosts more than 135 artists from 20 or more states.
Lion’s Choice, a popular Missouri based roast beef sandwich restaurant, was founded in Ballwin in 1967. Named Best Fast Food in 2006 by the Riverfront Times, there are 25 locations within both St. Louis County and St. Louis City.
Ballwin residents start their summer on the second weekend of June with the annual Ballwin Day Festival, held in Vlasis Park. In its 40th year as of 2017, the community festival is free to the public and offers an assortment of fun outdoor activities like live concerts, car shows, 5k races, carnival rides and plenty of delicious food.
|Mayor of Ballwin||
|Board of Aldermen Members||
James M. Terbock
|Municipal Judge||Virginia Nye||(636) 227-9468|
|Public Works Director / City Engineer||
Gary R. Kramer
|Superintendent of Streets||
|Director of Parks and Recreation||
|Ballwin Police Department||(636) 227-9636|