Thursday, December 10, 2015
Hike 2015.089 -- Saint Thomas Ghost Town, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, NV
Settled in 1865, Saint Thomas was abandoned in 1938, as the waters rose behind Hoover Dam. Once Lake Mead was filled, the town was under 60 feet of water. During several droughts since then, the town had occasionally found itself back above water.
interpretive material for its website. Saint Thomas has also been the subject of stories in numerous newspaper and magazines; google it, if you're so inclined. There's plenty to find.
Once the trail reaches what would have been the main street, it begins a loop. The signage sends you right, then loops you back around so that you return along what you would have seen had you just gone straight. Obviously, there's no rule against decided to walk it "backwards."
Echo Mountain, above Altadena, except that there are a lot more ghost structures here than there.
Some of what does remain is kind of surprising: dead trees, still standing, fence posts, and the like. I'd always expected the wood would rot much quicker than it does when it's under water, I guess.
The NPS also has a field guide available on-line, to identify the buildings. Also, some photos of the historic town exist, so you can match foundations to specific buildings, homes, and what not.
Yet, most of the foundations are simply of old houses. Nearly all seemed to have a cistern, so apparently they all stored water adjacent to their homes.
Also, as an aside, looks like they're doing some work on Lake Mead's webpage. I'm hitting 404 error after 404 error whenever I try to follow a link there.