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Christian Burkhardt came to St Louis from Germany as a ten-year-old boy in 1850 and settled in Gumbo…the area of Long Road and Chesterfield Airport Road. Gumbo is now Chesterfield MO and Chesterfield Airport Road was once the Plank Road and is now Olive Street Road.

He and his wife, Johanna (Becker) Burkhardt, had eight children. Seven lived to adulthood.

Edward Burkhardt, one of the sons, was the business man of the family along with his father, Christian. Christian acquired 21 acres and laid out "Burkhardt Place" (now on Chesterfield Airport Road at Baxter). He began selling lots in the 1890s and retained a large parcel of land on the corner that he named "Burkhardt Park."

In 1907, Edward and his wife Clara "Lena" Helena (Bierbrauer) Burkhardt (they did not have children) bought a tract of land across the street from his father's land. In 1918, they laid out "Burkhardt Place." They sold some lots and built homes on other lots. There were 12 homes built between 1819-1925. Most of them are still standing. Two of the homes, now businesses, along with the two carriage houses and what appears to be a two apartment flat (now businesses), have been registered as Historic Landmarks, along w/the the old "Farmers Bank" at the corner of Chesterfield Airport Road and Baxter. Ed was the 1st Bank President from 1914-1923. Ed also ran the Burkhardt's General Store which also housed a hotel and saloon. The store was near the railroad tracks north of the Bank and next door to Drew's Station (Train Depot). The Store and the Station are gone.

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"Burkhardt Place" looking east from the Bank at the corner of Chesterfield Airport Road and Baxter.

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One of the two homes that has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and its plaque.

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This sign is at the Bank which now houses these five businesses.

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The Farmers Bank that has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and its plaque.

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picture courtesy of Kathleen Bierbrauer Reinke, published in the Chesterfield Historical Calendar, 1995 by the Chesterfield Historical Commission

The Bank before 1907. It also housed the Post Office, a Dentist and the switchboard. Edward Burkhardt is the man on the right on the porch. His father, Christian was the Postmaster in 1879.

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picture courtesy of Kathleen Bierbrauer Reinke, published in the Chesterfield Historical Calendar, 1995 by the Chesterfield Historical Commission

Looking south from the tracks toward the Bank. Drew's Station (Train Depot) and the Burkhardt's General Store are on the left (now gone). The road makes a sharp left to the east at the Bank. And then the houses of Burkhardt Place are on the right.

The Burkhardts were also dairy farmers (along with wheat, corn and potatoes) with the land being where Chesterfield Mall, the Samuel C Sachs St Louis County Library (realized the Library was there on May 28, 2007) and the YCMA-Chesterfield are now. The Mall, the Library and the Y are on the current street - "Burkhardt Place."

George Burkhardt, Ed's brother and one of the other sons of Christian and Johanna, married Caroline J (Boisselier) Burkhardt. (The Boisseliers were also farmers.) They had eight children. Six lived to adulthood.

George Allen Burkhardt, who was one of the sons, married Georgine Louis (Schaeffer) Burkhardt in 1935. They had two children, Marilyn Burkhardt (my Aunt who lives in Arkansas) and my dad, George Ronald Burkhardt.