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So, being the budding photographer and adventurer that I am, visiting new places—especially locales I wrote about during my Only in Nevada gig—I recently decided to check out the ghost town of St. Thomas.

Located within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, St. Thomas was a Mormon settlement founded in 1865. However, when the lake filled in the 1930s following construction of Hoover Dam, the town was completely submerged—in some areas as high as 60 feet above the tallest building. Now that Lake Mead’s volume has decreasing, the town can (allegedly) be seen.

St. Thomas is located near Overton, very close to the turnoff from Northshore Drive to the Valley of Fire. There is a bumpy three-mile dirt road that takes you to a parking area. There, a half-mile dirt trail takes you to the “town,” and a 2.5-mile loop (allegedly) takes you around the “town.” Granted, visiting this area in 105-degree weather was not the wisest of choices, especially given that there is absolutely NO shade whatsoever. Not only is there no shade, there are NO buildings, NO remnants (save for a cinder block and a cistern here and there), NO anything except brush, rocks, dirt, insects, and, I’m sure, plenty of rattlesnakes.

It was way too hot to suffer through the entire loop. After making it down the hill and into the town a little ways, I (and a friend, of course, because I wasn’t going out into the middle of nowhere alone) was getting pretty nauseated even though I was drinking water like it was going out of style. Perhaps if I had gone further, I might have seen something worthwhile.

These folks were lucky enough to actually see ruins on their sojourn.

Needless to say, I have no desire to revisit.

Here are the few pictures I did take.

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“A cactus doesn’t live in the desert because it likes the desert; it lives there because the desert hasn’t killed it yet.” ~ Hope Jahren

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