Wells Goodfellow Neighborhood Overview
Information concerning the neighborhood history, characteristics, institutions and organizations, planning and development.
This neighborhood is bounded by the City limits on the Northwest, by Dr. Martin Luther King Drive on the Southwest, by Natural Bridge Avenue on the Northeast, and by Union Boulevard on the Southeast. It is surrounded by the Mark Twain/I-70 Industrial, Hamilton Heights, and the Kingsway West neighborhoods.
Wells/Goodfellow is part of an historic section known as Arlington, which takes its name from John W. Burd's Arlington Grove subdivision of 1868. A memorable disaster in the history of the Arlington area occurred in October 1916, when the Christian Brothers College building at North Kingshighway and Easton Avenue (now Martin Luther King Drive) was destroyed by fire, one of the worst in the City's history, taking 10 lives.
The area received its name from John W. Burd's Arlington Grove subdivision of 1868. More subdivisions were built in the mid-1880s, with residential construction continuing until 1910. By the mid-1920s, the last of the residential subdivisions were opened.