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Lost city revealed as Folsom lake levels drop

Lost City Revealed as Lake Levels Drop

What do you call a marina with no water in it?

'It's almost as low as I've ever seen it,' long-time neighbor Frank Wilcox said Thursday.

The City of Folsom is calling that a critical situation.

They've already imposed restrictions on landscape watering as Folsom Lake, at one fifth it's total capacity, is on the verge of breaking a record for low water levels.

Now, citing the driest year in more than 100 years of record keeping, the County of Sacramento is asking its residents to search for ways they can lower their water use by 20 percent.

Meanwhile, people are taking advantage of the rapidly growing shoreline by the lake. As the water goes down, the metal detectors come out.

In the late 1800′s, a mining village called Mormon Island was located at the foot of what would become Folsom Lake. By design, the new lake swallowed Mormon Island when the American River was dammed.

But now, the receding water line has spit the muddy rubble of the village back out.

For amateur archaeologists, it's a rare opportunity. Especially in a time when more traditional forms of winter fun just aren't the same.

"Usually we would be up the hill, skiing or snowboarding- enjoying the snow pack. But it's just not there this year," said one woman, walking the beach with a metal detector.

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rjmysl December 28 2013 at 12:37 AM

A dead fish is the best picture they can come up with??!

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SRJimVal2 rjmysl December 28 2013 at 1:23 AM

Semper Paratus

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Pretty Lil' Muz rjmysl December 28 2013 at 2:18 AM

I live here and trust me that WAS the most exciting thing.....It gets exposed every couple of years and its a state park so its a felony to remove any mormon island artifacts

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pboucard50 December 28 2013 at 2:47 AM

I hope after 213 years under water, the residents of Mormon island get a chance to dry up, plant a garden and get a great tan before they go back under water, next year.

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price21523 December 27 2013 at 11:46 PM

soon the frogs of suez will own all the water in the US!! go figure

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zele442 December 27 2013 at 10:12 PM

No more water for Southern California and LaLa land.

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jerrymalley zele442 December 27 2013 at 10:40 PM

no more water for the cowgirls in texas i guess

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kvinmoore00 December 27 2013 at 10:23 PM

Kevin,dont feel bad,Bedar creek lake inTexas is same way thanks to people useing it for oil and get make there money off hard work people

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John kvinmoore00 December 27 2013 at 10:39 PM

Use a horse and see how long your commute takes.

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donahuepapad123 December 27 2013 at 9:55 PM

THIS IS WHY I AM starting to get of the grid of all the resorces , gas/electric/sewer/water/food ,--- as much as i can , a little at a time until i am no longer dependent on outside resorces , its not as hard as some might think ?? check out " you tube " put in, home made before each thing to get good idears on resorces and how to build and set up , im making my own solar electric panels , wind mill , solar hot water , and next working on useing gray water and rain water to flush toilets , water plants , wash cars , eventualy drink when i finnish my filtering system , you dont have to do it all at once but get started on the easyest and readily available system first , go small scale to learn and enlarge as you get better ,? good luck , and HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL

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rickcarufel December 27 2013 at 11:21 PM

There was never a city there and it wasn't lost. A small town was intentionally flooded.

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HAT1701D rickcarufel December 28 2013 at 2:23 AM

It would be lost to the memory of all those who were totally unaware of it's existence. Probably the vast majority of people who are alive today and do not care about that region's history. Quite a few small towns have been flooded over by the building of dams in the same way and those towns disappeared without any real large scale fanfare nationwide. They have essentially have been erased from national memory...until something such as this happens.

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kooldave1 December 27 2013 at 8:01 PM

I believe it's 'Appomatox'...

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hi babe December 27 2013 at 7:33 PM

Lived in Folsom over 40 yrs. Had water restrictions several times. Why they keep building is a mystery to me. Was a great town at one time. Oh well, progress I guess.

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ssass3101 December 27 2013 at 8:29 PM

the street children story is disgusting - and UK charities are helping what in the hell Is wrong with their own country doing the right thing - disgusting disgusting disgusting

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