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Trajanus08 Oct 2018 8:48 a.m. PST

I'm currently sticking together a number of large copies of the "Warren Map" downloaded from the Library of Congress.

Its very detailed and has all the houses and farms marked on it. As a result of this I'm getting to know the place pretty well!

In the top right hand corner (North East) on the Hunterstown Road there's a property of three wooden houses (all buildings are noted by construction) belonging to a guy called JAC KASS.

I'm assuming this is for real and not someone in the Corps of Engineers playing a 150 year old joke but it stuck me as funny anyway!

I wonder if Mr Kass ever got tired of it? :o)

NOLA Chris08 Oct 2018 9:20 a.m. PST

wow! that's great if for real!
as good as some of the other historical names!

Dynaman878908 Oct 2018 9:35 a.m. PST

If it is true his parents graves should note they died when he was no older than 10, of shotgun wounds I would guess…

Tigerjlm08 Oct 2018 10:18 a.m. PST

It's actually Kaas, but still a bone!

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Oct 2018 10:38 a.m. PST

Mapmakers are famous for these kinds of things. Back in the day (I worked for Rand McNally) the maps were littered with these kinds of things as a way to detect copyright infringement. There used to be, on many maps of Michigan, a small town called Beatosu.

Strange Indian name?

Nope, placed there by a Michigan Fan. Beat OSU.

Trajanus08 Oct 2018 11:03 a.m. PST

It's actually Kaas, but still a bone!

Yeah OK, although there's no excuse for ADAM BUTT North West of the School House on the Haggerstown Road, nor that famous German guy HERR TAVERN.

Then there's JOHN SOCKS, HENRY TOOT, A PLANK and that guy WARFIELD must have known something too!

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP08 Oct 2018 1:42 p.m. PST

I once read that Russia was famous for the pains taking accuracy of its maps. With the strange exception of military bases. Odd.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP08 Oct 2018 6:18 p.m. PST

A couple of articles talking about copyright traps and paper towns on maps



Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Oct 2018 11:41 a.m. PST

The Soviet Union used to "move" entire cities. On one map a city might be north of the river on the coast. Next year, south bank, 5 miles inland. Then straddling the river, 3 miles inland…

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