Drought Conditions Reveal Abandoned Town in Utah

Drought Conditions Reveal Abandoned Town in Utah

(HorizonPost.com) – Droughts come with many consequences: poor air quality, limited water availability and increased fire hazards, to name a few. While bleak, it’s often a reality for desert states. However, for one area in Utah, the current drought has had an unexpected result — the revelation of a ghost town.

Rockport State Park, about 30 miles east of Salt Lake City, is the site of the oddity. Due to extreme conditions, Rockport Lake water levels receded 29%, exposing what looks like the foundations of an old town. Drone operator Devon Dewey flew his device over the area, taking pictures of old roads and home foundations. The aerial footage was quite telling:

Originally inhabited in 1860, the land has been empty since the 1950s when the government purchased it. The property now houses the Wanship Dam and the Rockport Reservoir. Before the area flooded, authorities removed some of the old buildings for preservation. They’re currently on display in Farmington, Utah, at the Lagoon Amusement Park.

It’s nice to see that beneath the waters of Rockport Lake, some history still remains. Those wishing to see the remnants of the old town can visit Rockport State Park. Visitors are advised to use caution due to muddy conditions.

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