These photos are part of a diptych from my visits to Folsom Lake, a large reservoir near Sacramento. I’ve been monitoring the lake’s water level for the last year. With the winter and spring rains in the last few months, the lake is nearly full.

At one time Mormon Island was home to 2,500 residents, hosting four motels, seven saloons and a school. In 1955 the town was erased from existence after Folsom Lake was filled.

At one time Mormon Island was home to 2,500 residents, hosting four motels, seven saloons and a school. In 1955 the town was erased from existence after Folsom Lake was filled.

What I found interesting is the rediscovery of a forgotten mining town at the bottom of the lake called Mormon Town. With the lake nearly full, this bit of history is once again a forgotten memory…

Folsom-Lake---Before-and-After-01

Folsom-Lake---Before-and-After-02

Folsom-Lake---Before-and-After-03

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