A pioneer ghost town that was submerged underwater for more than 60 years has resurfaced because of a drought
Utah has been in a drought for several months. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images
A drought has exposed the foundations of a forgotten city in Utah's Rockport Reservoir.
The city was abandoned in the 1950s after the federal government announced plans to build a dam.
The reservoir is at its lowest level since it was filled 64 years ago.
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Extreme drought has revealed the foundations of a forgotten ghost town at the base of Rockport Reservoir in Utah, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
The town of Rockport was abandoned in 1957 after the federal government announced plans to build the Wanship Dam, which now dams Rockport Lake.
At the time, only about 27 families and 200 people lived in the area, according to the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation. White settlers first came to the Rockport State Park area in 1860.
But now the extreme drought is causing the water to drop to 29 percent and is finally exposing the foundations of the old pioneering city for the first time in 64 years.
"It's kind of sad about the drought conditions, but it's a cool little glimmer to look back and see what was there," Utah Division of State Parks spokesman Devan Chavez said, according to the Tribune.
"It helps us remember our history a little," added Chavez.
Drone test pilot Devon Dewey recently took pictures of the page he shared on Twitter. The pictures show the remains of streets and houses.
"It was really interesting to stand at a viewpoint for the reservoir and see faint traces of foundations of old houses and a road that are all below the water," Dewey said, according to The Independent.
"The entire area is pretty flat and uniform, so even though the foundations are old and mostly gone, you can still see them clearly if you know where to look," added Dewey.
Despite the low water level, Rockport State Park remains open to visitors even though the boat ramp has been temporarily closed.
Officials have warned those wishing to see the site should be careful because of the muddy water.
According to a local government website, around 88.1% of Utah is currently in an extreme drought.
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