The area that became Wildwood had a long and rich history before the City's incorporation on September 1, 1995. This history begins with the earliest of settlers, nomadic Native Americans, who lived near the major streams and rivers, to some of the first settlers, whom many of the area's streets and roadways are named after them till this day.
The City's Historic Preservation Commission has compiled concise descriptions of these historic communities that ultimately formed, and defined, much of the character of Wildwood and the surrounding area. These descriptions are embedded in the City's landscape at historical locations (see maps below) via Historic Community Markers, a project that was honored this year with a McReynold's Award by Missouri Preservation, the state's non-profit historic preservation organization.
Use the links below, or the menu to the left, to learn more about our historic communities:
Visit the historic registry page to view properties in the City on the local and national registries.
Below, you can view the current and previous versions of the City's Points of Interest Map, each with scenic byway descriptions for a specific area of Wildwood. The final edition, foldable travel map version of it, is available at Wildwood City Hall.