St Louis News: Gateway Arch Book, The Making of an Icon, 2nd Edition Offers a Variety of Ways to Enjoy The Arch This Spring

ST. LOUIS, MO (STL.News) – The warmer spring weather means more outdoor activities in St. Louis, especially around the iconic Arch area.  Jim Merkel, author of The Making of an Icon, 2nd Edition, offers even more lore and new information on the Arch grounds and museum, including some fun things to do in the coming months.  Below are some suggested spring activities centered around the Gateway Arch:

  • Relax, unwind and watch the St. Louis skyline come to life during a Skyline Dinner Cruise.
  • Take a free yoga class with a beautiful view of the Arch in Kiener Plaza.
  • Indulge in a brunch buffet while you watch the city go by on a Sunday Brunch Cruise.
  • Kick back and relax for happy hour on the dock of the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch to celebrate the end of your workday and enjoy the beautiful spring weather.

For more information about these and other events, go to and

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

Jim would be happy to discuss the springtime activities mentioned here.  Please contact Don Korte at to arrange an appearance or interview.

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