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Lake Mead Drought Volume 56 Number 6, November/December 2003
by Eric A. Powell

In 1938, the last resident of the town of St. Thomas rowed away from his house as it was submerged by the waters of Nevada's Lake Mead. Now a four-year drought has exposed the town, which was founded by Mormon settlers in 1865. The ruins of St. Thomas, including the house above, are giving National Park Service archaeologists a rare look at a historical Nevada farming settlement. The site has also attracted looters, so a group of volunteers from the local community has been formed to protect and monitor the ruins.

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