Author Jim Merkel will discuss his book on the construction of the St. Louis Gateway Arch, The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, the Schemers, and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch, at the Six Mile Regional Library District – Johnson Road Branch – 2145 Johnson Road, Granite City, IL 62040. This event is set for Saturday, January 19 at 2 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

With his fourth book from Reedy Press, Jim Merkel captures the spirit behind the conception and construction of one of America’s most distinctive and beloved national monuments. More than two million visitors stand in awe at the Gateway Arch each year, and the stories behind it were unearthed in breathless detail in the first edition. Back with even more lore and the addition of beautiful color images, Merkel brings new information on the Arch grounds and museum to this updated and revised second edition. Now expanded, his book includes more stories compiled from interviews with the visionaries, finaglers, protesters, and intrepid workers who built the arch while one misstep away from a fatal fall. Merkel’s book will help us appreciate the relentless pursuit, innovation, and toil that raised the Arch to the sky.

The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, the Schemers, and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch, Second Edition, by Jim Merkel, ISBN 9781681061535, Paperback 9 x 6, 272 pages, $21.95

Jim Merkel grew up in St. Louis where he watched the progress of construction on the Gateway Arch with his father in the 1960s. He is the author of The Colorful Characters of St. Louis, Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis’s South Side, and Beer, Brats, and Baseball: German-Americans in St. Louis. He has appeared on KWMU, KDHX, and Fox 2’s News in the Morning, among other programs. For more information, visit

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