Recently, after spending three weeks living alone and feeling like I was in the middle of nowhere, I started recalling my childhood.  When my mother asked me where I’d been, I’d always say ‘nowhere’, and when my brother got on the wrong train, he ended up calling from a payphone in the ‘middle of nowhere’.

One day, whilst day dreaming, I began to wonder, is there really such a place as the middle of nowhere?  Ok, I wasn’t getting out much, it was extremely hot and everyone was staying inside, it really did feel like I was the only person in the world.

Then I realised, I couldn’t be in the middle of nowhere because I have electricity, phone, and high-speed internet.

Sign in the middle of Nowhere

So, in a spare moment on yet another hot and sunny day I decided to find out if there was such as place as ‘Nowhere’, and guess what, there is.

Nowhere, Arizona, US

Now, personally I think this is cheating a bit, because according to the sign this place is actually called ‘Nothing’.  There’s a blog ‘Dispatches from Nowhere’ which suggests that the settlement was originally called Pleasantville.

Due to excessive heat the council were sued for misrepresentation and false advertising as the place was not pleasant at all.

They decided to change the name, there were lots of suggestions and heated arguments which caused one council member to storm out saying they were ‘stuck in the middle of nowhere’, nobody would visit and there would be nowhere to go, and so the name stuck.

Nowhere, Oklahoma, US

According to the US geological Survey there is a place called Nowhere, Oklahoma.  It is an area of home rule in Caddo Country, at the southeast end of the Fort Cobb Reservoir.

Nowhere, Norfolk, UK

Wikipedia, says that Nowhere or No-Where is a marshy area by the River Bure in Norfolk.  The area was where the villagers of Acle had salt-pans where they produced salt for preserving food.  In 1861 there were 16 people living in four houses in the middle of Nowhere, but from 1862 the name no longer existed in the local records.

Other places in the Middle of Nowhere are:Festival

The Nowhere Festival, held in the Spanish desert.  The festival’s location is kept a secret until a few days before the event; it’s specifically for people who want to make something out of nothing.

Finally the last place considered in the middle of nowhere is a bus stop on the A3055 between Chale and Atherfield, on the Isle of Wight.  The stop has absolutely no purpose as it’s in the middle of empty fields!

All this research has got me thinking, wouldn’t it be interesting to find out if there were other places such as somewhere called ‘Beyond’.  You could then say I’m in the ‘Back of Beyond’, or do I really do need to get out more!

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