In 2008 the Google Street View car took the first pictures of Ashland. It captured merely the skeletal core of Ashland’s Main Street and a snippet of the downtown pathways as it sped through A-town in order to fulfill its mission to capture the world.
Since Google’s mobile cameras have, according to yahoo.com, logged over 7 million miles. That amounts to about 11 round trips to the moon!
In 2012 the camera toting sedan tooled through the Ashland once again. This time it took its time and crawled through almost every sizable street. So when you call up a Google map of Ashland in your web browser you can now grab the little yellow “street view man” and place him on virtually any road in town and get a 360 degree view of that section of the neighborhood.
A "drive" through Ashland in Google Street View will show that most people are rather preoccupied with their normal activities. Others though, seem to be slightly bewildered at the oddity that is the Google street car.
The images captured by street view are so clear that it is almost as if you are standing right there in the real life. Here are just a few places in town that you might know: Ashland Stadium, Brookside Park. But, of course, you can challenge yourself by trying to identify those more obscure neighborhoods in Ashland, like this one.
Being that Google has now covered almost all of the United States, it is on a mission to capture the world. Google’s Street View website shows that most all of the Western hemisphere has been captured at least to some degree in Street View. More recently Google has posted pics of Egypt’s Sphinx and Pyramids, and has started projects with cameras on bikes and backpacks for those “off the grid” places.
You might even entertain yourself with some of the images that Google has captured in its adventures. Because of its comprehensive work, Google Street view has witnessed drug deals, run over pets, gotten in crashes, and has had its share of pranks pulled on it.
While Google cars might have crazy adventures throughout the world, it captured just another quiet day in Ashland in 2012. However, as it is necessary for Google to keep updating its pics, perhaps things will be different next time he pulls into town.