Originating in Ireland, the founders of Byrnes Mill, Patrick and James Byrne, first settled in St. Louis after coming to America in 1839.
James was Patrick’s father and had purchased farmland. He had a pet crow that would swoop down and steal seed from the Byrne’s farm workers. Patrick, on the other hand, was a land buyer. He later served as district assessor, Associate Judge of the County Court, and Justice of Peace. Before establishing Byrnes Mill, he had married Catherine Campbell in St. Louis. Sadly, she died a year later after they were married. Several years later, he remarried a woman named Rosa, and they had eleven kids together. She died a year later, and he married a woman named Rosa several years later after Catherine’s death. Patrick and Rosa had eleven kids together. Patrick left behind an estate worth more than $100,000 once he died (it would be over 2 million today).
Next to the Byrnes’ mill was a well-beaten path. While no one knows how this path was formed and different theories have been suggested, one of the Byrnes built a road on it. That Bryne is credited with being the first one to receive bonds to build a road in Jefferson County, though their first name is never mentioned. It is possible it was also the first road built using the technique “macadamize” in Jefferson County too. The Macadamize technique consists of covering a road with macadam, which is where small stones are placed together and then compacted together to form a seamless road. John Loudon Adam, an engineer from Scotland, created the technique.
The Byrne’s mill is now owned by Byrnes Mill city, and the city has turned the surrounding land into Byrnes Mill City Park. Guests can now visit it and see for themselves the beginnings of the city of Byrnes Mill. In the 2010 census, 2,781 people lived in the city. You can read more about Byrnes Mill’s history here, where we found all our information.
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