Agloe sign.

Welcome to Agloe!

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Roscoe, New York

The town of Agloe, New York, never existed, except in the imagination of the 1930s General Drafting Company. It was invented as a "copyright trap" -- a fake "paper town" whose appearance on anyone else's road map would prove that its information had been stolen. But it failed to work because a shopkeeper saw the name on a map and decided to open a general store there, making it, at least legally, a real place.

The store went out of business and Agloe was forgotten for decades -- until it was resurrected in the 2008 novel, Paper Towns. Soon thereafter an anonymous fan made a professional-looking "Welcome to Agloe!" sign and nailed it to a telephone pole near the former site of the general store.

It's been an attraction ever since.

Welcome to Agloe!

Address:
8542 NY-206, Roscoe, NY
Directions:
From Roscoe drive north on NY-206 for 2.5 miles. The road bends right and you'll go over a small bridge. The pole is about a quarter-mile past this, on the right. If you pass Beaverkill Valley Rd you've driven too far.
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