Have you ever heard of St. Thomas, Nevada? If you haven’t, we understand. It could very well be because the town has been entombed under water for years. Intentionally.
What? Yeah, you heard right. The United States government intentionally (well, sort of) made a lake out of it when they built the Hoover Dam. In the 1930’s, construction of the Hoover Dam caused the nearby Lake Meade’s water to rise. As a result of this rising water, St. Thomas flooded, forcing all of the remaining residents to evacuate completely by 1938. And now it’s resurfacing.
Founded by Mormon settlers in 1865, the town of St. Thomas has quite the history; and now, thanks to receding waters due to the drought, we’re getting a look at it for the first time in years.
What’s left is a fascinating ghost town, a slice of life and our nation’s history preserved underwater. Get a closer look in the video below from CNN. If you’re anything like us, you won’t be able to take your eyes off this video as you wonder who live there and what life was like then!
Take a look for yourself!