History every day in Rockdale

More than depot and Kay Theatre

Rockdale has made major strides in preserving its historic buildings in the past decade with major projects at the former I& GN Depot and Kay Theatre.

But there’s still a lot of “living history going on with public buildings almost, and over a century old still serving the community almost every day.

Here are three:

• The 89-year- old former Henry Garage, now vacant, is virtually unchanged from a 1932 “ block party” photo of North Main. Legendary Rockdale businessman and civic leader, E. E. “Buck” Henry was in business there for seven decades.

• Rockdale’s police station was built in 1895 as a city hall and remained one for 107 years. It once contained the town’s auditorium and hosted, among other activities, RHS basketball games.

• The “new” home for RHS basketball in 1936 was a gymnasium that’s still in use today at Rockdale Elementary School. The gym was constructed only 14 years after a new three-story Rockdale High School was built next door.

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