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Kimmswick is a small city situated along the Mississippi River in Jefferson County, Missouri. The community was founded in 1859 by Theodore Kimm, who had moved to Jefferson County in 1850, buying a large piece of land. As a native of Brunswick, Germany, Kimm named the city for himself and his birthplace by combining his name with the last five letters of Brunswick, since “wick” refers to a town or village. An earlier settler in the area was Captain George Washington Waters, a West Point graduate who was stationed at the Jefferson Barracks, outside of St. Louis, and later appointed Jefferson County Surveyor. He became a large landowner, and it was from his family that Theodore Kimm purchased the land that was to become the town. The St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railroad extended its line to the area in 1858, bringing in a stream of settlers and merchants. A post office was established in 1858, with Mr. Kimm appointed as the first postmaster. Kimmswick is situated on the border of Missouri and Illinois, with the Mississippi River to the east and Interstate Highway 55 and the town of Rockport to the west



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