I had a troubling e-mail from one of this site’s authors the other day. He was upset that another author (and I, indirectly) had published the location of a nearby natural wonder. When I responded that I saw no reason not to publish the location — especially since it was already published in a popular local book by Dana Burden — he told me to remove all of his articles from the site.
Although I thought his response was extreme (and more than a little childish), I do understand his concern. Many people who go out into the desert and stumble upon remnants of our history seem to have a need to vandalize what they find. Windows are broken in deserted cabins. Equipment is stolen from deserted mines. Sometimes, graves are even desecrated by people digging up bones or removing or damaging marker stones.
This particular author wanted to protect this natural wonder from such vandals. Oddly enough, this same author led a 4WD trip with over 30 participants to Bradshaw’s Grave earlier this year. (For some reason, he appears to believe that bringing people to a site is better than just providing GPS coordinates or a map.)
But I see no reason to keep the location of a point of interest secret — especially if this information is already available elsewhere. Doing so would severely limit the amount of interesting information we provide to site visitors.
Many of the authors on this site write articles that encourage site visitors to get out and explore the desert around Wickenburg. I’d like to think that the vast majority of the people who visit this site and read these articles are interested in seeing these places — not destroying them. I also still believe — perhaps naively — that natural wonders are less likely to be destroyed by vandals than man-made structures.
However, I have honored this particular author’s wishes. I have removed all of his articles from the site.
I — and the rest of wickenburg-az.com‘s authors — will continue to provide information to help visitors learn more about the history and natural beauty of the Wickenburg area.
I’d be interested in reading your comments about this matter. Do you think we should purposely leave out information about the location of natural and man-made points of interest? Do you think many people who read about these things here subsequently locate and vandalize these places? Or do you think we all have a right to experience these points of interest first-hand?
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