[Tagging] Subtag for place=locality?

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Tue Apr 16 07:49:59 UTC 2019

It sounds like "Sled Harbor" is a trailhead, a place where you leave a
vehicle to start hiking on a footpath, or where you are picked up in a
vehicle after your hike, correct?

A few months ago we discussed the tag highway=trailhead - used over
1500 times: https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag%3Ahighway%3Dtrailhead

Trailheads in remote parts of the USA are often no more than a named
place where a path meets a highway.

If the name also describes the clearing in the woods as well, this
might also be landuse=meadow (or natural=scrub, natural=wetland etc).

On 4/16/19, Kevin Kenny <kevin.b.kenny at gmail.com> wrote:
> There are named localities that have only the most tenuous of
> identifiable features.
> One example that I've visited is 'Sled Harbor'. It never had a
> population. It was just a place where the woods were open enough that
> loggers could store their sleds there in the summer. It's now right at
> the boundary between protected wilderness and International Paper
> land. Since there's an easement for the public to travel International
> Paper's road (well, logging track), it's the farthest that one can
> lawfully drive (well, force passage with a 4WD, when there isn't deep
> snow or mud) to pick up or drop off a party. Because of this, hikers
> still use the name. But it's really just a point where the
> highway=track crosses into the boundary=protected_area. There's no
> formal parking. It isn't the endpoint of the track, since it continues
> in farther to abandoned logging camps dating from before the state
> owned the Jessup River parcel. All that there is there is a sign
> saying something like, "no motor vehicles beyond this point."  It is
> still a place with a name.
> It did come in from GNIS as 'populated place,' which it is not and
> never was. Still, I don't see a good alternative to place=location for
> it, so I'm definitely against the idea of removing locations
> wholesale.
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