This sign is on the wall of the Thomson GA rail depot - the side that faces the two lines of track. Blind Willie McTell couldn't read the sign, but he knew exactly the distances - 37 miles east to Augusta and 134 miles west to Atlanta. Thomson was the nearest town to his birthplace, in Happy Valley, McDuffie County. It was a rail depot he counted on innumerable times in his life. I took this photo about 6 years ago, I think, probably on my second visit to Thomson.