More Praise for Walking South City

This sculpture of an Italian immigrant family is in front of St. Ambrose Catholic Church on the Hill.

Recently, I posted some testimonials about Walking South City: A Journey Through Historic St. Louis Neighborhoods from area leaders. Here are some more.

This is a book that will interest anyone who is curious about the rich history of South St. Louis. It makes me look forward to expanding my daily walks through the city!  Jenny Gerstner, former President and Current Office ManagerShaw Neighborhood Improvement Association

As Jim Merkel has discovered in his essay, the most valuable resource that our community has is the cohesiveness and loyalty of the families who remained here over the many years of our Dogtown history, !John Corbett President, Dogtown Historical Society

Drawing on anecdotal and historical roots, this book does a great job capturing a point-of-view glimpse into the past and present of South St. Louis.  Each page reads like a real time stroll down the streets and alleys of storied old neighborhoods, offering endearing snapshots of city life then and now.  Jim Merkel provides a commemorative tribute to an ever-evolving urban landscape.
– Randy Vines Co-Owner STL-Style House

“Cyrus Crane Willmore had a visionary dream for St. Louis Hills. Journey with Jim Merkel and feel with him the mosaic of this thriving historical neighborhood! Experience how Willmore’s dream was realized and became a beautiful living legacy!   Nancy Vordtriede President St. Louis Hills Neighborhood Association

The book looks to be an enjoyable read and I look forward to reading the final version when it’s published.  You’ve got an appealing writing style and I’m sure readers will enjoy retracing your steps and developing a new appreciation for the surrounding landscape.  Andrew Hurley Professor of history at University of Missouri–St. Louis, specializing in urban history. 

There’s one sad part. You can’t buy it until June. Look for details about events, including my megafantastic book launch party.


Published by Jim Merkel

Reedy Press published four of my books, Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2010; Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans, 2012; The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, The Schemers, and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch; and the Second Edition of Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2014. They're available in bookstores and online. For an autographed copy, send a check for $21.50 made out to Jim Merkel, to Jim Merkel, 4216 Osceola St., St. Louis, MO 63116.

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