Theodore Kimm, a German immigrant, founded the town of Kimmswick in 1859.
He chose this site because of its easy access to river traffic on the Mississippi and a railroad that ran through town from St. Louis. The town prospered after the Civil War and had much that attracted people. A recreational park to the north of town offered amusement rides and a dance pavilion. Businesses thrived, such as a brewery, grist mill and a greenhouse that grew flowers for the St. Louis market.
With the advent of the automobile, Kimmswick gradually was bypassed and much of its commerce faded. In the early 70's, a good thing happened. A single individual who loved Kimmswick embarked on a plan of restoration. Old homes were restored, historic log structures brought in, and an array of interesting little shops began to open. Presently, there are thousands of visitors coming to Kimmswick to enjoy the restaurants, shops and the storybook ambiance of a small, historic town. The little town now boasts two bed and breakfast establishments.