St. Thomas was a thriving farming community in the Moapa Valley. But, when Boulder (Hoover) Dam was finished, Lake Mead began to rise behind the Dam.
The community of St. Thomas had to be abandoned. Its citizens packed up their belongings and left for the territory ahead.
Left behind were the buildings, fixtures, wells and the reminders of a once-proud Mormon community. As the Lake rose, St. Thomas faded from view and from memory.
But as the drought continues and the Lake gets lower and lower, St. Thomas has risen from its watery grave. The crumbling buildings once again bake in the hot sun and eerily reminds us of our past.
On Thursday, April 3rd, Untold Stories will look back at the history of St. Thomas and the history of the ruins.
Untold Stories: Revisiting St. Thomas
Panelists will include:
Eva Jensen, curator and historian for the Lost City Museum in Overton
Dennis McBride, curator and historian for the Nevada State Museum
Dr. Michael Green, professor of history, College of Southern Nevada
Thursday, April 3rd
Las Vegas Springs Preserve
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