I’ve been using Osmium, and today parsed the entire planet.osm.pbf for the first time. I noticed that the nodes are in order by ID, and the very first node, the oldest node still in existence, is node 10. Let’s look at it!
This tough little node has had quite a history! Presuming that the database is accurate, this is what it tells us today:
- v1, April 18, 2005, user sxpert creates this node in chageset 4. That’s right, the fourth changeset ever. We have no record of its geographic location.
- v2 was redacted.
- v3, April 2009, super-user woodpeck (Frederik Ramm) places this node in London, near Regent’s Park.
- v4, September 2009, dtr20 deleted the node, as part of “Survey east of Regent’s Park”
- v5, April 2011 max60watt somehow re-uses the node, placing it near the bus stop in a quiet little village near the town of Kassel, in the German state of Hesse.
- … and that’s where the node has stayed, through 3 small edits.
The name of the village is Furstenwald. As an English speaker, saying this name out loud causes me to giggle. Of all the nodes still alive today, the first in the world is in… Furstenwald.