As another of the prolific posters on this site in its earliest days online (along with Mr. Chenowith and Delores Steele), I have a comment about the concern as stated in the original post.
I also used books and other materials when assembling a brief history of each of the ghost towns I posted information and photos on. It is often the most convenient location to gather information to write a brief history instead of making a big project out of it or simply relying on memory. I also attempted to leave out any errors I caught or update statements. I made an effort not to re-state what my source materials stated, but put them into my own words.
I haven't updated any of my photos in years, even if I have been to the same ghost towns since my original postings. I posted all of my hundreds of photos on this site back in the first years of this decade, with dial up Internet connection. And that was in the days that 52KB connection speeds were seldom achieved. Needless to say, that was an undertaking!
Some of the towns I posted photos on I've been back to, some I haven't.
I understand what the author of the original post is trying to say. I do not know Mr. Chenowith nor am trying to defend his methods. However, this proves it's best not to allow the Internet to make us lazy and not do our homework before embarking on our own adventures. There are plenty of resources, including government websites (which are also prone to mistakes!), online bookstores and online sources for topographic maps; as well as regional sources when you arrive in the region you plan on looking around in.
Last edited by David A. Wright; 06-24-2008 at 02:37 PM.
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