When map fiction becomes on-the-ground fact
When cartographers aren’t sneaking hidden pics into maps, they’re making up fake place names in order to trap other cartographers who may plagiarise their work — known as “paper towns”. But in the case of one US paper town, Agloe, the little bit of cartographic crypto turned into a real place when a general store opened up in the location.
“Its store manager, having spotted Agloe on a map, had taken it as a good place to set up shop. A lack of houses or indeed a town of any kind should have suggested otherwise; the unfortunate shopkeeper went out of business shortly after.”The imaginary American town that became a tourist attraction, The Guardian