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‘Hale’ to Google, and here’s a park-ing ticket
Mike Brown

Okay, I know sometimes it seems like I pick on the Internet, but I really don’t.

For one thing that wouldn’t really be a fair fight. Internet vs. Me. Why I’d be outnumbered at least a thousand to one.

But I didn’t pick this fight. Got a call from someone asking if I knew anything about Hale Park in Rockdale.

“Never heard of it,” I said. You sure you don’t want Rockdale County, Georgia? We get all kinds of calls and e-mails for them. I was recently invited to a store ribbon cutting there by a perfectly nice PR person who didn’t quite want to believe that I don’t usually travel 900 miles to attend ribbon cuttings. Well, I was informed, there has to be one. It’s on the Internet.

And not just the Internet it’s on—let’s all genuflect now—Google!

So I went to Google Maps, which I could not live without by the way, clicked and scrolled to my city and, waddayaknow!, there’s Hale Park.


The former SA&AP Depot (Crocker Reclamation) would be in our Hale Park. If we had one. Which we don’t. The former SA&AP Depot (Crocker Reclamation) would be in our Hale Park. If we had one. Which we don’t. Or, Google Maps thinks Rockdale has a Hale Park. It’s big, almost the same size as Fair Park, which is depicted accurately a couple of miles away.

Hale Park is shown as the area bounded by Belton to the north, Pear to the east, US 79 to the south and Texas Street to the west.

I know what you’re thinking. Google has just confused Hale Park with the Rockdale RV Park, which does take up about 70 percent of the area in between those boundaries.

Uh, no. The map also clearly shows, and labels, the RV park correctly.

And here’s where it gets really strange.

Google Maps shows a “street view” of Hale Park. When you click, it zooms you right into the middle of the 300 block of Texas Street.


Art by Kelsey Hornung, a senior at Rockdale High School. Art by Kelsey Hornung, a senior at Rockdale High School. There are houses on both sides. No park. Trust me, I grew up two blocks from that street view.

Google Maps also shows some Rockdale motels as “a mile from Hale Park,” including one that would be about 50 feet from it.

Not weird enough? There’s a review of Hale Park on Google Maps.

It gets five stars. Reviewer liked the slides, walking track and tennis courts.

Yep, I know. This reviewer is talking about Rockdale’s Veterans Park.

Okay, maybe there was a Hale Park at one time, never got taken off a map and Google just used it.

Dunno. I’ve got a 1913 SA&AP Railroad Map, the tracks cut right through the area and there’s no Hale Park shown.

Kind of makes me wonder about the Internet. Maybe I won’t answer that guy in Zanzibar who wants to send that $40 billion of mine he has in his bank. mike@rockdalereporter.com


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