Sad Topographies: A Collection of Dismal Places to Go When Feeling Low

The names of routes and places often tell short stories, providing glimpses into their history in just a handful of words. But not all of these are happy tales, as Cape Disappointment, Pointless Mountain, Loveless Lake, Hopeless Way and Camp Suicide Road can attest.

These and many similarly dismal-sounding roads and locations can all be found searching Google Maps or simply visiting the thematic Instagram account of @SadTopographies. Australian artist Damien Rudd seeks out depressing names, from rivers and lakes to islands and mountains, adding them to this growing collection.

But one has to wonder: what did someone go through before landing on Broken Dreams Drive or Suffering Street? When did they give up on Despair Island? What were their dreams on Nightmare Island? What (or who) came to an end at Termination Point?

And, once named, why would anyone want to travel along Why Me Lord Lane, Emptiness Drive or Shades of Death Road? The tagline of Sad Topographies is “Somewhere to go, when you’re feeling low,” which could be a clue. Perhaps the point of these places (including Pointless Mountain as well as Mount Disappointment) is in part that things can always be worse. It is at least a thought to keep in mind when crossing Murderer’s Creek on Murders Kill Road.

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