It is not known whether each of the sites listed under this name by the United States Geological Survey commemorates a tragic jump by one or more doomed lovers. But these ﬁfty-two places hold enough topographical features in common to warrant a deﬁnition. Lover’s leap is a colloquial term describing a landmark, typically a cliff or bluff, varying in height from ﬁfty to two hundred feet, but usually possessing the following: a promontory where a troubled lover, or lovers, might contemplate a ﬁnal act; a beautiful, often exceptional view; and a quota of free fall with necessary dramatic effect, often including a swirling lake or river below. There are eight lover’s leaps in Missouri and four in Texas. Mark Twain once wrote that there were at least ﬁfty such high bluffs up and down the Mississippi River alone.