My History Via Google Street View (Part I: The Early Years)

All of the houses I’ve ever lived in have now been photographed and tagged in Google Street View. Now, that might not sound like such a big deal if I hadn’t grown up in two little (pop. 6,000 and pop 9,500) towns in Arkansas. Real nowheresville sort of places (esp. Newport, as at least Batesville has a great little college, Lyon College). The effort required to document, input, and store that sort of data for the whole U.S. is pretty staggering. Should Google ever become evil (and some argue that it already has), we might be in (more) trouble (than we’re already in). But, in the interest of nothing much other than ego, I suppose, I mapped out all the houses I lived in growing up (but none of my family lives in now).

Here are the houses I lived in while I was growing up (i.e., living with my parents) (addresses are approximate for some, as I can’t remember the actual addresses):

434 21st Street, Batesville, Arkansas 72501

I lived here from the age of 1 or so until I was 5. This was the first house I remember living in. They’ve since enclosed the carport. Our landlady lived next door. I was afraid of her. Lived through a tornado (1973? 74?) that ripped the roof off of the house across the street. Saw a bigfoot in the backyard one cold Thanksgiving day.
434 21st Street, Batesville, Arkansas 72501

3199 Debra Street, Batesville, Arkansas 72501

I lived here from the age of 5 (kindergarten) until December of 1980 (6th grade) when we moved to Newport. My dad designed this house, and it was the first home my parents owned (and the only one they ever built, which should serve as a warning, I think).
3199 Debra Street, Batesville, Arkansas 72501

411 Pine Street, Newport Arkansas 72112

I lived here from the age of 11 until 13 or so. Important, formative years. All sorts of illicit things went on that in house. I’ll refrain from telling stories to protect the (not so) innocent, though.
411 Pine Street, Newport, Arkansas 72112

Smith Drive, Newport, Arkansas 72112

I can’t remember the exact street number, but I think it was 2992. I lived here from 8th grade until 11th grade. EXTREMELY formative years. Lots of teen angst. More illicit stuff (some of it really fun). And, yes, our yard bordered a soybean field. In summer, the mosquitoes were so bad we couldn’t use the garage. Welcome to Newport.
Smith Drive, Newport, Arkansas 72112

Bluff View Drive, Batesville, Arkansas 72501

In January of 1986 (my junior year), we moved back to Batesville, which was a good thing, in retrospect. We rented this house for the first month until my parents bought the next house across town. We only lived here briefly, but I still have fond memories of this house. Had my first REDACTED here with REDACTED. Sorry. ;) Oddly, I don’t think this house IS on Google Street View! For some reason, they didn’t swing down this stretch of Bluff View, which is weird. I THINK it’s the yellow 2-story house in this view when you’re facing SSE, though it wasn’t yellow in 1986.
UPDATE: in 2013 (4 years after I wrote this post), they did scan this street. Here’s an updated link to it. The street is now notated as “Crest View Drive” AND “Bluff View Drive.” I wonder when/why that happened?
Bluff View Drive, Batesville, Arkansas 72501

1605 Moss Drive, Batesville, Arkansas 72501

Spent the rest of my junior year and until I went off to college in September 1987 here. A really good year, in retrospect. I had a great girlfriend, good friends (many from before I moved away 5 years prior), etc.
1605 Moss Drive, Batesville, Arkansas 72501

2215 Goff Drive, Batesville, Arkansas 72501

My parent moved here in winter of 1988 while I was away at college. I honestly don’t remember the move, as I wasn’t there for it, in all likelihood. However, I dropped out of college temporarily that spring (my first college had trimesters, and winter term ended at Spring Break), and I lived here with them until going back to college that summer. I worked at McDonald’s. On the morning shift. It was a WEIRD, WEIRD time in my life. I learned to play guitar and reconnected with a friend from high school who took a year off after high school so was still around. My parents only lived here for about six months before my father was transferred to Little Rock.
UPDATE 2016.07.05: fixed google link. Was showing a house down the street. Now points at correct house.
2215 Goff Drive, Batesville, Arkansas 72501

12910 Pleasant Forest Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas 72212

My parents lived in this house for 15 years or so. I lived here with them for a couple of summers during college, including the summer after I graduated, right before I got married and started graduate school (and started paying my own way). They lived here until they retired and moved back to Newport (where my dad is from and where they still had lots of friends) in 2004 (2005, maybe).
UPDATE 2016.07.05: another Google glitch. Was showing house next door. Now shows correct house.
12910 Pleasant Forest Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas 72212

Until we bought our current house in 2000, we lived in a succession of apartments (some better than others), and I’m not going to publish a map to my house here.

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