Fake Towns You Won’t Believe


An Artificial Village for Testing Driverless Cars


To test driverless cars, an artificial village was created. In 2015, Mcity opened to test the cars. There’s 32 acres of roads, sidewalk, intersections, signal lights, streetlights, and facades of buildings. Different terrains are being tested such as tunnels, multilane freeways, and roundabouts to see how the cars perform. Local government, various industries, and the University of Michigan funded this project.


An Entire Replica of Paris to Fool WWI German Fighter Pilots


In 2011 there were plans unearthed to create a replica of the city of Paris during WWI to fool pilots into bombing it thinking it was actually Paris. On the outskirts of the real city, it was in the process of being built. There were replica buildings and other structures such as the Gare du Nord. Many of the famous quarters of Paris were created like Aubervilliers and Saint-Denis. The wooden replicas of buildings were made with great care so they looked real. The entire project wasn’t quite finished when the last air raid of WWI in September 2018, by the Germans occurred. After the war it was deconstructed and built over.


Fake City Built to Combat Terrorism


The US Army Asymmetric Warfare Group in January 2014, built a 30-acre town for combat training exercises in a Virginia town. There’s a bank, five-story embassy, underground subway, school, mosque, train station, helicopter landing zone, and a football stadium. It’s a $96-million-dollar project to help train soldier for complex environments the Asymmetric Warfare Group Was created in 2004 to combat terrorism and other threats.


A Fake Town on the North Korean Border


In 1953 the North Korean built the town of Kijong-dong. It has a hospital, school, and houses, but it’s not what it appears to be. It sits in the DMZ or Demilitarized Zone which separates the two Koreas. This town is believed to be there as a lure for any South Korean defectors. North Korea claims the town has 200 residents, but eh only people there are maintenance workers who clean it up.


Camouflaged Californian Airport Made to Look Like a Rural Subdivision


During the years od WWII, the officials in Burbank California at the Lockheed Air Terminal took the step of covering the entire airport in camouflage netting. For anyone flying overhead the airport would look like a rural subdivision. Experts were used to help disguise the airport. From afar the airport looked like any other neighbourhood. Once the chance sof a U.S> attack diminished, the camouflage was taken down.


Fake Nevada Town Used for Atomic Testing


In 1955, there were 14 nuclear detonations that were set off in the desert in Nevada. Once test used structures and homes that were placed at varying distances to look at impacts from the blasts. The town created was called “Survival Town.” The structures even had mannequin families with camera to record the results. Some of the structures form the blast still stand today and you can tour them through the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Nevada Field Office.


A Local Government that Turned  Derelict Town into a Community


In June 2013, Northern Ireland hosted the G8 conference. The officials spent a lot of money to obscure derelict buildings or removing eyesores from the landscape. The town of Belcoo had cosmetic changes, but these were prominent. At a butcher’s shop no longer in service, stickers were placed on the windows which showed a packed meat counter. Another empty unit across the street was made to look like an office shop with lots of business.


A Fake Town used as a Copyright Trap that was Real


In the 1930s, Agloe in upstate New York was created to be a cartographical ruse, but actually ended up becoming real. Mapmakers have made created fake river bends, nonexistent dead ends, and mountain elevations that are exaggerated before this isn’t new.  Ernest Alpers and Otto G. Lindberg created Agloe for their map, but saw a Rand McNally map that had the location. They thought they had been copied and had copyright. There was actually a general store at that location called Agloe General Store. The owners of the store had seen the name Agloe on a map they bought from Esso and figured that would be what they would call their store. Since it was on the map.