Jim Merkel


Jim Merkel grew up in Des Peres and Webster Groves and has been a journalist in the St. Louis area for three decades. His previous books for Reedy Press were Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis’s South Side; Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans; The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, The Schemers, and The Hard Hats Who Built The Gateway Arch; and The Colorful Characters of St. Louis. He lives in the Bevo Mill neighborhood of St. Louis with his wife, Lorraine.


John C. Guenther joins Steve Potter to talk about his new book, The Gateway Arch: An Illustrated Timeline. It's a chronological look at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and how the Arch came to be.

Walking South City: A Journey Through Historic St. Louis tells of the quirks and gems author Jim Merkel discovered in a 45-mile jaunt through South St. Louis.

Jim Merkel, the author of Walking South City: A Journey Through Historic St. Louis Neighborhoods is in the studio. Talks about his book and his life growing up in South City. What has changed over the years.

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