Hi, Nathan. I just sent you an e-mail with my thoughts.
I am not angry, I am merely concerned about the lack of professionalism and what the implications of that are for BridgeHunter's reputation. Shouldn't the BridgeHunter editors be setting the good example? Additionally, I have always found that people who act like some of these forum contributors tend to be looking for attention and are best dealt with by ignoring them. (This comes from my experience as a teacher in middle and high school classrooms). Alternatively, if something really offensive gets posted, action may indeed need to be taken. I am sure an email to James Baughn would remedy the situation.
Okay, I deleted and reposted a revised comment - that is why the strange order. I also want to see Bridgehunter remain a site with professional decorum. That is why I am getting tired of dealing with people who only want to post garbage.
Nathan, perhaps you should reserve your anger for the anonymous guy who has been slamming every Kansas bridge on here.
Although I occasionally take a break from managing HistoricBridges.org to also contribute random comments and bridge information here on BridgeHunter, I realize I have no control in what goes on here. Its not my website. However since my name does appear as a contributor to this website, I feel the need to state my opinion that using the "Description" section for immature things like stating your opinion of forum users, as has been done here, is both immature and inappropriate. The many highway agencies and newspapers who I know for a fact currently use BridgeHunter as a resource are less likely to take the website's information seriously unless a professional conduct is maintained by the various people with account/edit access on BridgeHunter.
If people feel the need to banter back and forth, I would prefer to see such banter confined to the forum, rather than in sections intended for factual bridge data.
the rating speaks for itself... keep trying
Thanks for the information Mr. Vance.
Chelsea is domestic, from Detroit actually. She is a black 1998 Cadillac Seville. Don't let her age fool you, she only has about 53K miles and is in near mint condition.
More counties are adding GIS parcel maps to their websites. Dickinson county still shows a road RoW between properties so technically it's a public way. These maps also give the names of property owners on nearby parcels, so it should be pretty easy to have a couple of names to inquire about if you vosit a nearby house to ask about the bridge. Knowing owner names and asking for them sets people at ease. I've had people from nearby homes offer to take me to locations and pass along local history and bridge names.
The aerial view on the gis shows a deckless truss.
Is Chelsea domestic or an import?
The road to this bridge is non-existent. I do not know if it has been officially abandoned, but the bridge is surrounded by private property. It would be a good idea to check with landowners before trying to visit this bridge.
KSHS page for this bridge:
KSHS gives a date of ca. 1900 for this bridge. This seems to be a reasonable estimation.
Google Maps clearly indicates that this bridge was extant as of 24 August 2011.