This is the inspiring story of the building of The Arches, a community building/gym in the small town of Springport, Michigan. The process took approximately two years ( 1947-1949) and was done almost entirely with volunteer labor and monetary contributions from the townspeople. Farmers worked side by side with doctors. Teachers cut wood and laid cement block with car dealers. High school students, male and female, put in the basketball floor under the direction of their talented shop teacher. And the women brought the food-huge potluck style meals to feed the crews of up to seventy men who showed up on Sundays to do whatever needed to be done. The local pastor often came to say grace and then after the meal, he picked up a shovel or a hammer and got down to business. This story is one of neighborliness, sacrifice, and believing in the common good. Today, the Arches is used as an elementary gymnasium and its history is not widely known by the generation of Springport kids who followed.