Muscle Shoals, Alabama is approximately 30 miles south of Tennessee and approximately 20 miles east of Mississippi. Muscle Shoals touches the banks of the Tennessee River, which is a source of the rich history of the town. Indians first inhabited the lands bordered by... read more
The Village Prints drawing of Kannapolis, North Carolina, by Michelle Rideout, depicts several historical buildings such as the old Cannon Mills, the courthouse, city hall, an old movie theater, one of the churches, etc. In 1906, James William Cannon bought several... read more
One of Tommy Thompson’s daughters, Michelle Rideout, created the pencil drawing of the town of Henderson, Tennessee. Henderson is the birthplace of country music legend, Eddy Arnold. The artist, Michelle Rideout, is known for her meticulous attention to detail... read more
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is a new and exciting addition to Bentonville, Arkansas. Crystal Bridges takes its name from Crystal Spring—a natural spring on the Museum’s wooded site that feeds into the Museum ponds. Crystal Bridges’ permanent... read more
In 1984 artist Tommy Thompson was traveling through a small town called Iron City, Tennessee. When he stopped by one of the stores for a soft drink, he was amazed at the town pride that he heard in the voices of the old men sitting around a pot-bellied stove in the... read more
Marshall, Texas has several famous sons and daughters. Lady Bird Johnson, wife of President Lyndon Baines Johnson, graduated from Marshall High School. Lady Bird got her nickname from a family maid who said she was as cute as a “Lady Bird.” Lady... read more
Jacksonville is located in an area of rolling hills in East Texas, north of the county seat, Rusk, and south of Tyler. Area production and shipping of tomatoes gained the town the title “Tomato Capital of the World.” The impressive red iron ore rock Tomato Bowl,... read more
Tommy Thompson has recorded for posterity the main streets of small town America. Thompson has more than 35 years’ experience in art, photography, printing, and marketing. Since 1984 Thompson and his daughters, Michelle and Melanie, have done composite drawings of 300+ towns in 12 Southern states. Struck by the pride of older Americans in their towns’ heritage, Thompson has transformed glimpses into the past in old, photographs and memories into composite drawings.