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Nevada Droughts Have Exposed A Ghost Town You Must Explore

Did you know you can explore a town in Nevada that was once submerged under water? Sounds pretty awesome, right?

This once thriving town was submerged by water in the early 1930s. Because of the latest drought, the entire ghost town is now exposed. So, you’re probably curious as to what town I’m speaking of. Well, that would be the town of St. Thomas.

In 1865, St. Thomas was initially settled by Mormon pioneers. In 1871, because a land survey shifted Nevada’s state line, the Mormons moved out of town – quickly. Why would they do something as extreme as this? Well, when the state line was shifted, all of the Mormon settlements were situated in Nevada instead of Utah or Arizona. Nevada then tried to collect taxes from these residents for previous years. The Mormons refused to pay and relocated to Utah.

St. Thomas became a main stopping point between Salt Lake City, Utah and Los Angeles, California, and it attracted new settlers because of its great farming land and numerous salt mining opportunities.

In 1928, President Coolidge authorized the construction of Hoover Dam. Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States, began to fill in 1935. By 1938, the waters had reached St. Thomas. When Lake Mead is completely full, St. Thomas lies 60 feet beneath the lake’s surface.

At its peak, St. Thomas’ population was approximately 500. The town didn’t offer indoor plumbing or electricity. However, there was a school, church, grocery stores, post office and an ice cream parlor to accommodate the residents.

Since the construction of Hoover Dam, drought conditions have exposed St. Thomas on several occasions. This ghost town is quite interesting to explore. Keep in mind, if you do decide to check it out, don’t touch or move any objects. The objects left behind by early settlers are protected cultural artifacts.

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Jennifer
Jennifer is the Alabama staff writer for Only In Your State.