Gerald Torrence of the White County Historical Society captured this view of the Campbell-Crisp-Grayson home at Bald Knob in 2001. The house was built in 1899 by Thomas J. Campbell for himself and his family. It remains symbolic of the economic growth and prosperity experienced at Bald Knob after the completion in 1888 of the Bald Knob - Memphis branch of the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railroad by its owner, Jay Gould. This branch made Bald Knob a busy passenger and freight transfer point on the railroad and singlehandedly transformed the town from a small whistle stop into a thriving transportation hub. Though Thomas J. Campbell arrived in Bald Knob in 1890 as a conductor on passenger trains, he soon prospered in a variety of business enterprises. He married in 1891, and tax records reveal that he ran an unspecified small mercantile business by 1902. In 1904 he helped incorporate the Bald Knob State Banka nd served that institution as both a director and incorporator. He helped found the Bald Knob Strawberry Company, Inc., in 1911, just after strawberries had becomea profitable endeavor in parts of White County, and remained one of its shareholders until the company dissolved in 1917. Finally, he opened a "picture show" in the back of a building on Elm Street in Bald Knob in 1916. The house was constructed by Newport Builders Supply and Hardware Company and the architect is said to have been Charles Thompson, though no drawings survive to verify this claim. Malvern brick was used for the three interior courses of brick while the exterior brick is said to ahve been made on the grounds. Its style is an unusual combination of the Romanesque Revival and the Colonial Revival, though the massive arches and imposing square-headed rectangular windows more strongly influence the overall character of this ddesign than do the more delicate Classical details. As such it is certainly unique in Bald Knob and one of the finest surviving Romanesque designs in White County.