Fictional Agloe, New York, a copyright trap, shown on a real map of New York published by Exxon in 1998. Agloe is a fictional hamlet in Colchester, Delaware County, New York, that became an actual landmark after mapmakers made up the community as a “paper towns free pdf trap”. In the 1930s, General Drafting 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. The town was designed as a “copyright trap” to be able to catch others who might copy their maps. In the 1950s, 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. Agloe continued to appear on maps as recently as the 1990s, but has now been deleted.
It briefly appeared on Google Maps. Geographic Names Information System database on February 25, 2014.
Agloe is featured in the novel Paper Towns by John Green and its film adaptation. During the film and in the novel, one of the main characters, Margo Roth Spiegelman, runs away from home, leaving personal clues to her friend Quentin Jacobsen to come and find her. The book’s name is based on the several paper towns that Margo discovers and encounters while running away. Archived from the original on 13 October 2008.