• Tri-City Park, a city park I was lucky enough to live near. I would ride my bike around it and run around it while on the cross country team. I used to feed the ducks old bread when my grandparents would visit.
  • The neglected back area of the park was filled with BMX jumps and I spent pretty much every afternoon here riding my bike
  • The community pool where I learned to swim
  • My family (four of us) lived in a little 2 bedroom condo here on the corner, about 800 sq ft in size. I spent most of my time riding my bike on the street everyday, all day, all year long
  • My junior high school
  • This used to be a golf course where my dad was a marshall on the weekends and my brother caddied at once in a while
  • There used to be a huge orange grove here
  • The little condo place also had a tennis court at the end of my street, but I rarely played. It seems like I lived in a really nice place, almost country club-like, but really, it was a glorified apartment complex with attached little homes, all connected
  • My closest friend growing up lived here (haven't said a word to him in probably 12 years)
  • Clint lived back here. His parents were never home and his dad had a huge collection of playboys and porn Clint would pilfer. Clint freaked me out and I rarely hung out with him.
  • Stacey lived here. Her family annoyed me, though one time in summer camp I had to dance with her when I told someone I liked Stacey, but I meant another Stacey at camp, not her. It was...awkward.
  • My first girlfriend lived here ("Lisa"). I met her the summer between 7th and 8th grade when she moved in. We never kissed, and when school started I ignored her because she was in 7th and I was in 8th. I was an ass.
  • Aaron lived around here. He was on The Real World (LA) while in college. He was the blond surfer dude from UCLA on that show.
  • I almost got hit by a car here when I was very young, when an ice cream truck drove by that I chased. I think I was 7 at the time. It was so close I learned a lesson I still remember today.
  • A friend had a newspaper route he did on his bike. They dropped off papers here each afternoon and I would fill in from time to time.
  • I was in cross country in 7th and 8th grades and somehow we would have 2 mile races here at the school and around the park and back. Looking at the map now, I don't see how we fit any mileage in such a small area.

My childhood, seen by Google Maps

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All true stories. I can't believe so many memories exist in one screen full of the map. I wish Google Maps had this kind of annotation.

Here's the live Google Maps URL I used to grab this image of Placentia, California.

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  1. Ozgur Alaz 108 months ago | reply

    telling story with google maps
    Great idea:)

  2. DavidDMuir 107 months ago | reply

    I only just discovered this image and thought it was a brilliant idea. I had a go at one of my own and included a reference to it a blog post. Hope that's OK.

    Thanks for inspiring me. :-)

  3. NontrivialMatt 105 months ago | reply

    great idea! I think I'll do the same

  4. shooten4ya 104 months ago | reply

    What a great Idea! I"m gonna do it!

  5. spacesoon 104 months ago | reply

    This is so cool. In case anybody reading these comments is interested, there are (now) sites where you can annotate google maps and save the maps. Sites that may be of interest include:

    www.mapbuilder.net/

    www.wayfaring.com/

    www.quikmaps.com/

  6. Ilse ♪ 101 months ago | reply

    What a lovely idea! I might have to do this sometime. :\
    Jup, awesome idea combined with even better notes.

  7. cokecode 100 months ago | reply

    Cool. I gotta try that.

  8. Vince Amaya 94 months ago | reply

    Should've nailed both Stacy's hehe! Good idea on Google maps!

  9. SerialCoder 93 months ago | reply

    This image has been added to the Flickr Museum for making explore's top 25. Kudos! You can check it out HERE...

  10. aladdin0_6 [deleted] 92 months ago | reply

    Nice park.

  11. VaIerie [deleted] 86 months ago | reply

    Very cool, I know the area well, I grew up in Yorba Linda, later lived in Placentia also.

  12. Mike Krueger 79 months ago | reply

    Hey - I knew Stacey W... (now reduced to a square over a house in the cul-de-sac) I dated her friend Jamie in high school and hung out with her often. Small world. Great stories. Cheers!

  13. kudm77 76 months ago | reply

    Awesome dude

  14. rangers681.1111 (back) 74 months ago | reply

    amazing...

    The notes really just take you back, thanks for sharing.

    really reminds you of where you're from and all of the memories..

    great job

  15. chicbee04 60 months ago | reply

    I just discovered you! Wonderful. I love your idea.

    I had a related, but different, idea. My idea is to gather together photos from people about the ocean or sea that are meaningful to me. In addition, to show where everyone is on the earth, using maps.

    Here is what I have been doing:
    Margherita's World

    My approach has a bit more of a community of interest flavor, but with more person to person interaction than a formal Flickr Group.

  16. Genea Bailey Photography 29 months ago | reply

    This is an amazing project. I'm doing something similar, Project I Lived Here, a documentation of all the places we once lived. Please do check it out and feel free to get involved! ilivedhere.wordpress.com/

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