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.


Annita host of Quarter Miles Travel – talks with: Jim Merkel – a St. Louis native who watched the building of the arch from the beginning to the end. He has written many books about the city – The Making of An Icon

‘Grow Up St. Louis’ by Jim Merkel—1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 12. History Museum of Monroe County, Allscheid-Metzger Gallery, 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo. The definitive look at what it was like to be a kid in St. Louis from 1900 to

Remember the year school was canceled, vacations were postponed and birthday parties consisted of drive-by parades? Young St. Louisans will have vivid coronavirus tales to tell to their own kids and grandkids.

August 2021
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