Agloe, New York

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Fictional Agloe, New York, a copyright trap, shown on a real map of New York published by Exxon in 1998
ExxonMobil Map location
Type Copyright trap
Notable locations New York

Agloe, New York is a fictional place in Delaware County that became an actual landmark.

In the 1930s, General Drafting Company founder Otto G. Lindberg and an assistant, Ernest Alpers, assigned an anagram of their initials to a dirt-road intersection in the Catskill Mountains: NY 206 and Morton Hill Road, north of Roscoe, New York.[1] Designed as a copyright trap, the "paper town" published on the General Drafting map then began to appear on Esso maps,[2] proving the effectiveness of the trap.

In the 1950s, though, a general store was built at the intersection on the map, and was given the name Agloe General Store because the name was on the Esso maps.[3] Later, Agloe appeared on a Rand McNally map after the mapmaker got the name of the "town" from the Delaware County administration. Eventually the store went out of business; Agloe continued to appear on maps as recently as the 1990s, but has now been deleted.

Agloe is featured as an important part of the plot in the novel Paper Towns by John Green.

See also


  1. ^ Lackie, John (25 November 2006). "Copyright traps". New Scientist (The Word ed.) 192 (2574): 62. doi:10.1016/S0262-4079(06)60797-5. Archived from the original on 13 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  2. ^ Jacobsen, Pamela D. (November 30, 1999). "-The Home Forum, Kid Space". Can you spot a town that isn't?. The Christian Science Monitor. p. 23. 
  3. ^ Byrne, Ian (19 March 2006). "Errors on road maps(2)". Petrol Maps. Archived from the original on 28 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 

Coordinates: 41°57′56″N 74°54′23″W / 41.96556°N 74.90639°W / 41.96556; -74.90639