Thomas Nevada, Ghost Town - Remains of Public Buildings
When we realized that St Thomas was finally, completely uncovered,
we went out there immediately
hoping to be the first. We did get there soon enough to capture
pictures of lake water filled foundations of buildings near the
now new shoreline. Note the angle of the shot was to maximize the
reflection of the water held within the building. The features
which were designed o keep water out, now keeps it in the building
making unlikely water tanks out of them.
There were actually fish still alive swimming in this building. The
water was only about 2 feet deep.
we wanted to be the first to get here, the footprints in the mud
told us otherwise. We did not
expect that anyone would have either the nads or the brain damage
to try to get out here before us. And this is true. But we did not
expect the Park Service to have such an immediate interest also.
The only other footprints you see are those of the rangers and
they can use boats. The footprints were made when the mud was
softer. As it was the mud was still extremely soft in most places
and we had to walk on relatively high or gravely spots to get
around without sinking several inches.
There is quite a bit of variation on the surface soils in this
area showing ripple effects in sandy areas and stream bottom type
gravels in other areas. Fingered throughout are mud embankments with material similar to that covering higher elevations.
view we see what some have referred to as the post office. We have
viewed the map of this spot and it could be either the St Thomas
Post Office or the St Thomas School. Unlike in the first image
this building did not hold its water.
There is a slight difference in elevation and this might account
for the lack of identical features.
Note the footprints. These were the only ones when we got there.
They might have been the rangers footprints. But they probably
arrived by boat as the footprints lead back to where Lake Mead was
and not back to the trail. Thus we were probably the first
civilians there! And the first ones to come overland. It cannot be
over stressed that the conditions were hotter than normal that
summer and it is recommended that if you do choose to visit St
thomes that you do it in the winter months.