The informal combination of Clayton/Tamm, Franz Park, and Hi-Pointe areas, Dogtown is truly a mix of old and new, city and suburb. This neighborhood also enjoys a blend of Irish and Italian roots, a source of pride for its residents and an attraction for visitors.

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Dogtown has been around as long as its stories, populated with certified Century homes. Dogtown a tight-knit community with fewer than 500 residents. The Irish and Italian influences are noticeable in its restaurants and shops, but the warm community feeling is universal.


There are two different tales of how Dogtown took its unusual name. The first tells that it was a miner’s town, and when the miners left for work they left dogs to protect their wives and children.

The second tale is a little more far fetched. It has been told that during the 1904 World’s Fair that a group of Indonesian natives took up housing in the area. Rumor has it that wile the town slept, the natives would go out and “hunt,” mistaking local strays for food.

What is not tall tale or fiction is the fact that Dogtown remains a popular St. Louis neighborhood.


Surrounded by two major interstates, 64 and 44, Dogtown is a short ride from most businesses and attractions. Forest Park is a walk away, and both the Delmar Loop and downtown are just a short drive.


When March rolls around, Dogtown goes green. Celebrating a strong Irish heritage, the Dogtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the best place to be.


Good things come in threes in Dogtown. Pizza. Hi-Pointe Theater. Forest Park. Dogtown’s pizza is so good it’s been frozen. The movies selected at Hi-Pointe are always winners. And the awesomeness that is Forest Park cannot be understated: from the Saint Louis Art Museum to the zoo, from bike trails to tennis courts and more… everything is free to the public, and there’s enough to keep a family active every season.


Dogtown is part of the St. Louis City School District. The neighborhood houses all grade levels through Maplewood-Richmond Heights elementary, middle, and high schools.


Dogtown Community Garden

Founded by Elizabeth Vogel with support from local volunteers, this community garden has secured numerous donations and accolades, including third place in the 1999 Post-Dispatch Garden contest. Plots are available for anyone interested in contributing.

Turtle Playground

This unique playground features a collection of sculptures including three large and four small turtles, a snake, and seven large eggs with emerging turtles, creating a playful and imaginative environment for visitors.

Franz Square Park

Situated three blocks east of McCausland, Franz Square Park is a compact urban green space located within a one-block radius, offering a peaceful retreat in the neighborhood.


Density: 6,300/sq mi

Zip Code: 63139

Connect: Dogtown


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