This webpage features a variety of community pictorial maps and other artwork by Ron Barthet of Covington, Louisiana. 

Over the past thirty years, I have produced more than 50 maps of small towns, primarily downtown business districts and other specialty works of art illustrating the importance of community history. 

I have also drawn specialty maps for the annual ChefSoiree charity event, as well as maps for antiques shopping, recreational areas, and real estate and chamber of commerce magazines. CLICK HERE to see a progression of ChefSoiree maps.

Currently, I am drawing maps and doing business illustrations for the Shop Local USA website run by A.G. Crowe of Slidell. 

Click on the images to see them larger. 

Click on video above to see coloring sequence for Covington Map

Click on video above to see coloring sequence for Madisonville Map

Abita Springs 1986

The Abita Springs Trailhead Museum asked me to update this map in 2016 and the new maps are now for sale at the Abita Brew Pub as signed and numbered prints.

Over the years, the map illustrations have been printed on T-Shirts, drinking glasses, Mardi Gras cups, placemats, school textbook covers, billboards and even hardback book endpapers. 

In Folsom, two maps were produced. In 1995, one depicted the town in the present time, and another one a few years later depicted the town back in 1903, the year it was founded. That map was based on historical writings, photographs and resident recollections. 

Barker's Corner, 1984

Lee Lane 1988

Mandeville 1995

A member of the Prentiss city council asked me to draw this map
for placement on a billboard next to their Long Leaf Trace trailhead.

The 2017 edition of the St. Bernard Parish Map

Back when the Tammany Trace Rails To Trails project was first proposed, I drew a poster to depict the type of activities that would be popular on the Trace. The organizers used it as the "inaugural poster" and gave it out as prized souvenirs at one of the first meetings on the bicycle/jogging pathway between Slidell and Covington . 

Shown above is the Tyler Street portion of a Covington area map drawn in 1986.Quite a few of the businesses illustrated have changed locations since then. Click on map for a larger resolution version. Not all businesses were shown on the map.

The Hancock County, MS, map is shown below:

Map of Moultrie, GA                    Map of Bogalusa, LA

Newspaper Articles & Comments

Covington Pictorial Map Presented:
In 1985 A. G. Crowe of Slidell began producing large three foot by five foot posters of my maps. Here is a photo of him (at left) presenting Mayor Ernest Cooper of Covington with a framed copy of the 1986 Covington area map which included Abita Springs and Hwy. 190 down to the interstate. 

In the 1980's and 1990's drawing the pictorial maps required a lot of walking and drawing, hundreds of rough sketches of buildings. Each building had to be drawn from a couple of different angles, with close attention to roofline ridges, doors, windows and steps. The maps were black and white, so the exterior colors were not that important. It would take me about two weeks of walking around a town, sketching all the buildings, to get enough information to go home and draw the finished map. 

Partial List of Maps

Covington        Mandeville        Madisonville        Slidell
Barker's Corner        Folsom        Claiborne Hill        New Orleans East
St. Bernard Parish        Baton Rouge        Westbank Antiques Shops
Ponchatoula        Franklinton        Amite        Hammond
Pearl River        Lacombe        Bogalusa        Poplarville, MS
Columbia, MS        Prentiss, MS        McComb, MS        Bay St. Louis, MS
Hurricane Creek Park        New Orleans Lakefront        Folly Beach, NC
Greenwood, MS        Cullman County, AL        Leeds, AL        Pell City, AL        
Columbiana, AL        Calera, AL        Bessemer, AL        Wylam, AL
Bluff Park, AL        Homewood, AL        Alabaster, AL
Abita Springs, LA      Wiggins,MS      Purvis, MS

​Working with A.G. Crowe in Slidell, I produced several large-scale pictorial maps of Slidell; Hancock County, MS; Covington/Mandeville; New Orleans East, and St. Bernard Parish. Each of those were poster sized three feet by five feet. 

More maps available at the following link: