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Agloe, the city invented by cartographers to prevent piracy

Agloe, the city invented by cartographers to prevent piracy

The falsification of a job is a threat to practically all guilds, but there are some tricks to try to prevent it from happening.

Between Rockland and Horton, in upstate New York, there was a city that was suddenly erased from the maps. In 2014, Agloe ceased to exist in the eyes of mortals. Google decided to remove it from its databases (although it had entered the previous year) due to its suspicious origin, which dates back to almost 90 years ago. In a time when Piracy penetrated all companiescartographers, also victims of it, invented some tricks to avoid it and, thus, create a kind of copyright.

In 1937, Otto G. Lindberg and Ernest Alpers, General Drafting Co., they hired a draftsman to create a kind of rivers, alleys and terrain elevations that do not really exist. With his initials they shaped the city of Agloe, in a intersection of the catskill mountains just two hours from New York. These tricks were useful if another company copied the work already done as is, but what they did not expect was that the publisher Rand McNally went to that place to verify that it existed.

To their surprise they found a store whose door hung a sign saying Agloe General Store, so the copyright trap had found an escape route in reality. The store was closed, but the owner stated that he called her that when read the name on the map, so its presence remained on road maps until the end of the century. Over time it began to be mentioned in different writings, as a travel diary of ‘The Times’ in 1957 or in the John Green’s book ‘Paper Towns’.

It ended up becoming a destination chosen by numerous travelers, eventually having a gas station, a store and two housesbut whose main attraction was the sign that reads: “Welcome to Agloe! Agloe General Store House. Come back soon!” These calls ‘paper cities’ They are constant inventions of mapping companies, which create fictitious places full of mystery for those who do not know this practice. Another example of this is Argleton, a non-town northwest of London.

This completely uninhabited land between Town Green railway station and the A59 road, Aughton, Lancashire. In 2009, the head of IT services at Edge Hill University in Lancashire wanted to visit that next place that I had seen on maps but had never heard of. At first he believed that Google had made a mistake when writing the name of the town next door, Aughtonbut soon realized that both places appeared.

In that same year he suffered a media explosion after which a website, t-shirts, a history of the city were created… The strangest thing about the event is not that it took Google a year to remove it from its maps, but that they offered a fictitious information from restaurants, real estate agencies, weather forecasts and even employment offices. Those sites really existed, but They belonged to other areas close, so white lies were never harmful to anyone.

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