In 1938 the last resident of St Thomas rowed away as the rising Lake Meade flooded the town. Because of the drought the lake has been rapidly receding revealing the crumbled structures for us to see.
St. Thomas, Nevada was founded by Mormon settlers in 1865 near the banks of the Muddy River. Originally believing they had settled in Utah, the Mormon pioneers were attracted to the large salt deposits in the surrounding area. Most of the Mormons abandoned the town after they discovered they were actually in Nevada and owed three years of state taxes. A new wave of settlers brought in farmers, and St. Thomas’s population peaked at roughly 500.
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