Gold Rush Mining Town Exposed by Receding Lake

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

GRANITE BAY, Calif. (AP) - Historically low waters levels in Northern California's Folsom Lake have exposed the remains of a Gold Rush-era mining town flooded decades ago.

The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1cm9yv0 ) that remnants of the town of Mormon Island have been uncovered by the lake's receding waters, drawing people out to the lakebed in search of artifacts.

In the 1800s, Mormon Island had a population of 2,500, but had dwindled to a few families by the 1940s. The town once had four hotels, dry goods and other stores and seven saloons.

It was flooded after Folsom Dam was built in 1955.

So far, people have found rock-lined foundations, old glass, a doorknob and rusty nails, and expected more to be exposed as the water continues receding.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
KOLO-TV 4850 Ampere Drive Reno, NV 89502
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 238368011 - kolotv.com/a?a=238368011