[Talk-us] Scenic/Historic byways

Toby Murray toby.murray at gmail.com
Mon Jul 9 04:00:36 BST 2012

On Sun, Jul 8, 2012 at 9:03 PM, Kevin Kenny <kkenny2 at nycap.rr.com> wrote:
> On 07/08/2012 03:20 PM, Toby Murray wrote:
>> Just came across this while processing pictures from my bike across
>> Kansas:
>> http://i.imgur.com/bmiV2.jpg
>> This is a sign for the "Western Vistas" historic byway. It even has a
>> website:
>> http://www.westernvistashistoricbyway.com/
>> Closer to home I have also seen a "Scenic Byway" sign. This seems to
>> be an official designation by the US DOT as discussed here:
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Scenic_Byway
>> I'm not seeing nearly as much information on historic byways. Are
>> these designated by the DOT as well or are they just tourist
>> attractions? The website for the Western Vistas one is registered to
>> the Wild West Historical Foundation in Oakley, KS which makes me think
>> it is just a local thing.
>> So how do we map these? I didn't see anything in the wiki and taginfo
>> only shows 62 uses of national_byway=Bernwood Forest Loop. And that's
>> about all I could find about byways.
>> This obviously needs to be a route relation. Most of the tags should
>> be fairly straightforward.
>> So far I have:
>> type=route
>> route=road
>> name=Western Vistas Historic Byway
>> What about a network tag? Maybe network=byway:historic and
>> byway:scenic? Are there other types? There doesn't seem to be any use
>> for a ref=* tag. Anything else I'm missing?
> I have another such thing local to me - Erie Canal National Heritage
> Corridor.  (Some roads and trails are signed or otherwise identified
> as belonging to it.)  It appears to be designated by National Park
> Service, rather than DOT.
> I just checked, though, and it doesn't seem to be tagged in any specific
> way.  So you may have identified a larger project. :)

Along the same lines, there are various memorial highways all over the
place although I'm not sure they really need anything but a name tag
in the relation.


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