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Fictional copyright trap Agloe, New York shown on an authentic 1998 Exxon (American map) state map of New York.

The fictional town of Agloe, New York is an example of a copyright trap that became an actual landmark. In the 1930s, General Drafting Company founder Otto G. Lindberg and an assistant, Ernest Alpers, assigned a scramble of their initials to a dirt-road intersection in the Catskill Mountains north of Roscoe, New York. The "paper town" then began to appear on Esso maps.


Later, Agloe appeared on a Rand McNally map, but it turned out that they had gotten the name from the county administration. Someone had built a business named Agloe General Store at the intersection on the map and had given the name Agloe to it because the name was on the Esso maps.[1] The store is now out of business and Agloe does not appear on maps.[2] If a search for it is done on Google Maps, it will point to a location north of Roscoe, but no name is given.[3]


This fictional town is featured as an important part of the plot in the novel Paper Towns by author John Green.


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