Historic Kirksville

Historic Kirksville

Photo: Wikipedia Kirksville City Hall. The building was originally constructed as a U.S. Post Office in the early 1900s.

“Traveling through Kirksville is like taking a trip through a real-life history book.

Historic homes, buildings and other properties can be found almost anywhere you look, especially in the downtown area.

Many may not realize the significance of some of these locations, and that’s why the Kirksville Historic Preservation Commission, or KHPC and city staffers are working to identify and preserve these important places…

Kirksville City Planner Chayton True says the McGovern House is one of the oldest homes in Kirksville.

‘The McGovern House is located just four blocks east of the Downtown Kirksville Square and is projected to have been constructed in 1872…’

The home incorporates various styles including Italianate, which is highlighted through the decorative cornice extending around the roof line and Stick style, which is indicated through the elaborate trusses in each gable. In addition, a small carriage house still sits just north of the main home, where horses and other carriage equipment was stored, along with hay up above in the hay loft…

“The Spencer-Selby House is located just two blocks north of the Downtown Kirksville Square and was built in 1875 by John J. Spencer, who actually moved to Kirksville from Pennsylvania. Interestingly enough, the house has been owned by two different mayors in Kirksville’s history.”

City documents state the house was originally an L-shaped house with an Italianate porch…After the home was purchased by a new owner in 1895, it was greatly altered.Two of the first story windows were combined to make a large Queen Anne window, and a tower with a reverse curved mansard roof was added.The main door was then moved to the tower.In addition, the original porch was replaced by a wrap-around…

The CB&Q or Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Depot …remains in its original form including exterior materials, windows and freight doors. Freight sidings were located on the south side of the building, while passengers boarded on the north side.

In addition to historic homes, historic businesses are also located in Kirksville.

Pickler’s Famous…was originally built in 1887 and housed Pickler’s Famous Mercantile. The building actually housed many businesses over the years and more recently in 2008, the building went under an extensive renovation, and that renovation project actually used historic tax credits.”

— Ashley Hoak,

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