Lonely Planet Writer

Lake Mead drought reveals lost Wild West town

Founded in 1865, the Mormon settlement of St. Thomas, Nevada, served as a rest stop for people travelling between Salt Lake City and Los Angeles.

A drought in Lake Mead Nevada has revealed a lost town.
A drought in Lake Mead Nevada has revealed a lost town. Image by marcwings / CC BY 2.0

At its peak, up to 500 people called the town home. But in 1938, the town was flooded by the rising waters of the Colorado River when the Hoover Dam was constructed. For the next 64 years the town rested six storeys under the waters of Lake Mead. In the last decade, an ongoing drought has lowered Lake Mead’s waterline, revealing parts of town. The town is now part of the landscape, attracting visitors to walk among its once-lost streets and buildings. Read more: sfgate.com