Most People Have No Idea This Underwater City In Northern California Even Exists

In the 1850s, Mormon Island was one of the largest towns in the Gold Rush. It was founded by two members of the Mormon Battalion at Sutter’s Fort in Sacramento when they found gold there along the banks of the American River.

A hundred years later, the American River was dammed to form Folsom Lake, one of the largest reservoirs in Northern California and a source of hydro power. The town of Mormon Island was disbanded and flooded. It now rests at the bottom of Folsom Lake, but has been exposed to the public in recent years due to low water levels that resulted from the California drought.

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Check out this amazing drone footage of Mormon Island, taken by YouTube user jayzaerial.

Mormon Island is a relic of the past, but one of the few silver linings of current drought conditions is the reemergence of the amazing history of this spot. Do yourself a favor and explore Mormon Island yourself the next time lake levels drop this low.