Bill Izard

Bill Izard resides in Little Rock, Arkansas, and is managing editor for PorterBriggs.com. He's lived in the South fifty of his fifty-three years (he got lost in Cincinnati for three years one time) and loves early morning mountain climbs, river valley sunrises, and a good story to chew on any time day or night.

The Great American Pyramid and the Bass Pro to Beat Them All

Memphis, Tennessee

Old World Egypt ain’t got nothing on us—our pyramids have stuff inside you can ride, eat, and buy

Pencil City USA

Shelbyville, Tennessee

Having stood the tests of time and technology, the good ol’ pencil is here to stay—and this Southern town has long been a primary supplier to America and the world

Alabama’s Gallant Pelham

Jacksonville, Alabama

“He was brave as Caesar and gentle as a girl . . . I never knew a better friend, a braver soldier”

Wishing You Were Here: Lookout Mountain in Pictures

Chattanooga, Tennessee

While it lasted, this was undoubtedly one of the best—and craziest—places in the South to get your picture made

Chattanooga and Her Choo Choo

Chattanooga, Tennessee

From first north-south train to first gold record to luxury hotel, the “Chattanooga Choo Choo” has a bigger story than it tells at first listen

The Coleman Theatre Beautiful: A Wonder Then and Now

Miami, Oklahoma

One man’s gift to the little Route-66 town of Miami, Oklahoma, has been one of the state’s biggest attractions for nearly a century

Charles Willson Peale: Artist of the American Revolution

Chester, Maryland

A man of the times, Charles Willson Peale rose from poverty not only to participate in the birth of a nation but to paint its portrait along the way

Natchez on the Bluffs: Coming in First Again and Again

Natchez, Mississippi

You may be surprised how many times Natchez, Mississippi, has come in first throughout her history

Dorian Shores in the Delta: Dunleith Plantation

Natchez, Mississippi

As Greek as Greek revival can possibly go, this Natchez mansion dominates the antebellum plantation scene as much as it did a century and a half ago.

10 Texas Courthouses in All Their Glory: Part Two

Lockhart, Dallas, Victoria, Denton, and Gatesville, Texas

Standing Texas tall and proud, here are five more century-old architectural masterpieces scattered across the Lone Star State

10 Texas Courthouses in All Their Glory: Part One

Fort Worth, Marshall, Waxahachie, Marfa, and San Antonio, Texas

With scores of historic beauties to choose from, we’ve narrowed the scope to ten of the best historic courthouses in the architecturally-rich state of Texas

Will the Real Watermelon Capital of the World Please Stand Up?

Cordele, Georgia; Hope, Arkansas; Luling, Texas; Rush Springs, Oklahoma

From Georgia to Texas, Southern states celebrate watermelon goodness and greatness—who gets the title of Watermelon King?