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Google Maps erases fake town

Google Maps erases fake town

Google has erased an entire city from Google Maps, but it's not for a reason you would suspect.

Before the days of Google Maps and the Internet, map makers would sometimes draw in fake towns on their maps. It was a great way to tell if someone was stealing their work, preventing copyright infringement.

You would think that a town like this wouldn't make its way onto Google Maps, but one little town in New York has.

Nestled in the Catskill Mountains (or is it?), Agloe was created by mapmakers Otto G. Lindberg and Ernest Alpers of the General Drafting Company in 1923 after getting lost on a fishing trip.

The town has exact geographic coordinates, one small and run-down lodge, and a lot more confusion about how a fake town was able to survive on maps for nearly 100 years.

Click here to learn more about this little fake town from The New York Times. 

 

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