Gold Rush mining town exposed by receding lake

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 ( ) 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.


Information from: The Sacramento Bee,