[Tagging] Mountain passes

Nathan Edgars II neroute2 at gmail.com
Mon Feb 14 00:15:42 GMT 2011

On 2/13/2011 6:07 PM, Steve Bennett wrote:
> That makes sense if you think of a pass being a locality ("we had a
> picnic up at the pass") rather than a particular road feature ("we
> drove over the pass"). I would probably do the same thing, naïvely.
> Probably a more intuitive tag would have been highway=mountain_pass
> (like highway=turning_circle...)

That assumes it's only a highway thing, and railways don't cross passes.

As for a pass not being a pass if nothing crosses it, that appears to be 
false. For example, Merriam-Webster defines wind gap as "a pass not 
occupied by a stream", and I've certainly come across named wind gaps on 
topos with no highway of any sort crossing. Here are two examples, 
Meetinghouse Gap and Wooten Gap in Virginia: 
http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=36.76925,-82.20018&z=16&t=T If this isn't 
mountain_pass=yes, what should it be mapped as?

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