Agloe, New York
Fictional copyright trap Agloe, New York, shown on a real 1998 Exxon (American map) state map of New York
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Agloe, New York is a fictional place 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. Designed as a copyright trap, the "paper town" published on the General Drafting map then began to appear on Esso maps, 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. 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.
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- 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.
- Byrne, Ian (19 March 2006). "Errors on road maps(2)". Petrol Maps. ianbyrne.free-online.co.uk. Archived from the original on 28 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-01.