New Book Compares Murfreesboro's Past to Present

Local authors team up to tell history of city through photographs.
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Feb. 8, 2012 - PRLog -- The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s Then & Now series is Murfreesboro from local authors Bill Shacklett and John Lodl. The book boasts more than 200 vintage and modern images, documenting the history and growth of Rutherford’s county seat.

Murfreesboro runs deep with history and heritage; it served as the capital of Tennessee in the early 1800s and also witnessed one of the greatest battles of the Civil War. As the seat of Rutherford County, one of the fastest growing counties in the United States in the past 20 years, Murfreesboro has also seen change.

Highlights of Murfreesboro:
•   All of the proceeds from the book will be donated to Read to Succeed, a local non-profit organization that works with children and adults to improve literacy in our community.
•   All of the historic images in the book were taken or restored by Richard Shacklett in his lifetime, and is an honor to his lifelong dedication to capturing our local history on film. Most of the “now” images in the book were taken by his son, Bill.
•   There are many rare, historic images of Murfreesboro in the book that have not previously been released to the general public.
•   There is an entire chapter of the book dedicated to the buildings and locations that no longer exist.

Photographer Dick Shacklett captured the changing scenes of Murfreesboro in the 1900s. His son Bill Shacklett and historian John Lodl now present these images to the public.

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at or

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States.  Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places.  Have we done a book on your town?  Visit

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With more than 7,500 local history titles published to date, Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Widely recognized sepia books feature hundreds of vintage historical images.
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