Dry Folsom Lake With Artifacts

Please send your thoughts and prayers to the northern california communities threatened by the dam crisis.

Back in fall of 2015 I went out to the  historic town of Mormon Island that was flooded by Folsom Lake. Due to the drought, the lake was at its lowest level ever and revealed this hidden gem.

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They were finishing off work on a new spillway and reinforcing the side dams like this one and where those cranes are in the distance

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It was a tiny pond of a lake, remember those funny looking lumps for later

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This was the dry lakebed, there were remnants of the old town scattered all over the place

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Lacking context, much of it seemed quite alien

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What was this green depression? Perhaps a creek drainage canal

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A paved road led further into the lake, here is looking back to shore

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And out towards the lake

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I love this shot, sorry for the glare, my lens was acting up

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These trees used to line the street

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An old road sign

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The decay was super cool

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Steps to nowhere

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Back at the spillway project, which is now pretty much finished

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These are tailings from right before the dam went up. They dredged the river and banks for the famous gold and left behind these piles of dirt

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People had found a ton of cool stuff, and because this is a state park they left them here for everyone to enjoy and for the lake to take back

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I loved the old bottles

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And iron

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Even ceramic tile

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Perhaps a former house foundation

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