Phantom settlement

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Not to be confused with Ghost town.

Phantom settlements are settlements that appear on maps but do not actually exist. They are either accidents or copyright traps. Notable examples include Argleton, Lancashire, UK and Beatosu and Goblu, Ohio, USA.[1]

Agloe, New York was invented on a 1930s map as a phantom settlement. In 1950, a general store was built there and named Agloe General Store, as that was the name seen on the map. Therefore, the phantom settlement actually became a real one.[2]

There are also misnamed settlements such as the villages of Mawdesky and Dummy 1325 in Lancashire, UK, on Google Maps. [3]

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