The St Thomas Ghost Town video features an easy going hiking tour of this popular destination. This video opens with roadside views of desert bighorn sheep along Northshore Road. Just like a curse, the wrong lens is nearly guaranteed to be attached to the camera during a chance bighorn encounter. By the time a telephoto lens is grabbed out of the bag, these wary animals will be long gone. Photos that offer better dramatic views of Lake Mead desert bighorn sheep can be found in the Covid Camping Nature video series.
St Thomas has a long history dating back to 1865 and this community is most famous for being the end point of John Wesley Powell's initial Colorado River expedition. St Thomas was abandoned in the 1870s due to a major taxation dispute that occurred when the Nevada-Utah Border was altered. Local folk took over the properties and St Thomas continued as a small agricultural community well into the 21st century.
The hands of fate meddled with St Thomas once again when the nearby Boulder Dam project was completed and the river water started filling the newly created Lake Mead. St Thomas was evacuated and razed in preparation for submersion, so this indeed was the end of the legacy. It did not take long for this old pioneer community to fade into the past and St Thomas was almost completely forgotten about a few decades later.
Lake Mead water depletion became an issue at the start of the 21st century and as the waters receded, St Thomas eventually found itself high and dry once again. After the deep mud became dry enough for pedestrian traffic, old St Thomas was reborn as a unique ghost town attraction within the boundaries of the national park.
This old west ghost town is located in the northernmost end of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area next to the Valley Of Fire State Park. The 2.5 mile loop hiking trail is rated as easy and the cold weather seasons are obviously best for the trek. Carrying extra water is good to do since the arid desert environment is unforgiving and it is easy to lose track of time in this timeless place. If you really want to hear the legends of old St Thomas, then be sure to check out the Lost City Museum in neighboring Overton, Nevada!
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