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Irondale, Missouri
Location of Irondale, Missouri
Location of Irondale, Missouri
Coordinates: 37°50′7″N 90°40′21″W / 37.83528°N 90.67250°W / 37.83528; -90.67250Coordinates: 37°50′7″N 90°40′21″W / 37.83528°N 90.67250°W / 37.83528; -90.67250
Country United States
State Missouri
County Washington
Area
 • Total 0.54 sq mi (1.40 km2)
 • Land 0.53 sq mi (1.38 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation
807 ft (246 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 445
 • Estimate 
(2019)
440
 • Density 825.52/sq mi (318.97/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
63648
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-35396
GNIS feature ID 0736310

Irondale is a city in Washington County, Missouri, United States. The population was 445 at the 2010 census.

Geography

Irondale is located at 37°50′7″N 90°40′21″W / 37.83528°N 90.67250°W / 37.83528; -90.67250 (37.835204, -90.672505).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.54 square miles (1.40 km2), of which, 0.53 square miles (1.37 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 338
1920 455 34.6%
1930 395 −13.2%
1940 446 12.9%
1950 443 −0.7%
1960 335 −24.4%
1970 319 −4.8%
1980 349 9.4%
1990 474 35.8%
2000 437 −7.8%
2010 445 1.8%
2019 (est.) 440 −1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 445 people, 160 households, and 122 families living in the city. The population density was 839.6 inhabitants per square mile (324.2/km2). There were 192 housing units at an average density of 362.3 per square mile (139.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.5% White, 0.2% Native American, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 160 households, of which 39.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 23.8% were non-families. 20.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.16.

The median age in the city was 36.9 years. 28.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.7% were from 25 to 44; 27.2% were from 45 to 64; and 12.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.8% male and 49.2% female.

History

Irondale was laid out in 1857 by John G. Scott, who built an iron furnace there. The town briefly changed its name to Savoy in 1906 to solve the problem of mail getting mixed up with the nearby towns of Ironton and Iron Mountain. A few years later the name was changed back to Irondale.

Camp Irondale

Irondale once had a Boy Scout camp, called Irondale Scout Reservation. It was opened in 1920, closed and was replaced by the S-F Scout Ranch in August 1965. In 1948, Irondale Scout Reservation opened the first Olympic-sized swimming pool in Missouri.

Famous Irondales

  • Thomas Wesley Benoist (1874–1917), aviator, aircraft designer and manufacturer, founder of the world's first scheduled airline
  • The Iron Mountain Baby, William Moses Gould Helms, subject of folksong, was discovered where the railroad trestle crosses Big River in August, 1902.
  • John Kernan (1958–Present), announcer for ESPN and ABC NASCAR broadcasts 1990-2000, host of RPM2Night on ESPN2 1996-2003.
  • Jim Niesen, director, writer, and actor. Artistic Director of the Irondale Ensemble Project. Spent his boyhood summers in the City of Irondale.
  • Ferlin Huskey (December 3, 1925 to March 17, 2011(2011-03-17) (aged 85), Country Singer and Musician spent his early childhood on a farm outside of Irondale and attended grade school at Irondale.
  • Marilyn Middleton (Pollock or Mellor) singer, voice teacher, actress. Raised in Irondale. Moved to Chicago where started singing career then to Great Britain.

Notable people

  • Thomas Wesley Benoist, aviator, aircraft designer and manufacturer; founder of the world's first scheduled airline
  • The Iron Mountain Baby, William Moses Gould Helms, subject of folksong, was discovered where the railroad trestle crosses Big River in August 1902
  • Ferlin Husky, country singer and musician, spent his early childhood on a farm outside Irondale and attended grade school at Irondale
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