Extreme Drought has recently uncovered Utah history hidden in the form of a ghost town in Summit County.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the foundations of the ghost town Rockport are now above water, as the Rockport reservoir has reached its lowest level since it was filled 64 years ago.
As of September 1, it was 29% capacity; It was at 2% capacity last year, according to the Utah Department of Water Resources. Drought in Utah has brought back ghost towns year after year.
It’s sad because of the drought, but it’s cool to look back and see what is there, “It helps us remember some of our history.”
Devon Dewey, a drone test pilot from Utah, visited the Rockport Reservoir for the first time and Snatched picture And videos of what’s left from the ghost town. He heard that the city had been submerged again and he knew that the old foundation of the house would be visible.
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“It was really interesting to look at the pond and see the weak marks on the foundations of the old houses and a road below where there would really be water,” Dewey told USA Today. “Using a drone helped see where the structure stood many decades ago.”
According to the Utah Department of Parks and Recreation, whites first came to the Rockford State Park area in 1860. The city was originally known as Crandall, then renamed Enoch City a year later. It was not called Rock Fort until after the Black Hawk War between the United States and Native Americans.
It was later renamed Rockport, and the area never had a population of more than 200 years, which declined in the 1940s. The Parks and Recreation Division says only two families lived in the area when the federal government purchased the land in the 15050s, which is now the Rockport Reservoir.
The Bureau of Recovery built the Oneship Dam between 1954 and 1957. The town of Rockport was then flooded and reservoirs were created. The lake is 2,100 acres feet and has a surface area of 1,080 acres.
Before the flood, some buildings, including the Town Co-op and Rockport School House, built in 1870, were removed and moved to the village of Pioneer inside the Lagoon Amusement Park, where they can be seen today.
Despite record-breaking lows in water levels, Rockport State Park remains open to visitors, but the docks have been removed for the season.
About 2 in Utah. Millions of people are affected by drought. According to state websites, more than %% of the state has extreme drought.
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