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Mount Disappointment: Where did it get its name?

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There is a mountain in Australia and it’s the literally biggest disappointment you could ever find.

And by literally, I don’t mean the hipster-millenial use of the word literally.

In the early 1820s, British explorers Hume and Hovell climbed 2,600 ft (800 meters) to reach the summit of a mountain in Australia. The renowned explorers wanted to see the distant Port Philip Bay.

However, because of the mountain’s trees, their view was prevented. They didn’t see the port clearly and the explorers weren’t tactful about how they felt with the mountain.

They called it Mount Disappointment.

Although in 1870, the mountain became less disappointing as Australians began mining for gold. (Why? Because gold never disappoints! Hell yeah) And in 1880, timber was the main attraction in the mountain. In fact, there was an influx of workers during the timber and saw milling operations that towns like Clonbinane, Reedy Creek, and Starth Creek were created.

When the industry reached its peak, there were more than 420 men (yes, men because, you know, patriarchy and all that sexism thing) employed until its collapse in 1939.

And I have to point out that trees, which caused the name Disappointment in the first place were cut by the same industry that the name-givers of Mt. Disappointment brought. Talk about disappointment!

Anyway, the mountain is currently home to rich fauna like Mountain Grey Grums, Red Stringybarks, Narrow-leafed Pepermints, Long-leaved box, and Candlebarks.

Also, there are a great diversity of bird life and habitat for deer wombats and wallabies.

So after reading the story Mount Disappointment, I can’t help but imagine if the mountain really is a disappointment. After all the gold people have mined, and the timber cut and sawed, is the mountain even disappointing enough to be called such?

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Related: There is also a smaller disappointment in California and it was so named because the surveyors initially thought it was the highest peak in the area but then upon climbing the mountain with their equipment, they realized that the nearby Mt. Gabriel is higher so they had to move their equipment.




Rudolph is a learner. He loves to read tons of stuff, from nutrition facts to novels. Currently, he helps people get unstuck with their homework as a Junior Market Specialist at Brainly. He also loves burgers.

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