Submerged Ghost Towns Re-emerge

The site of the Lexington Reservoir for the last 56 years, two ghost towns in Santa Clara County, California have re-emerged since the water level was temporarily lowered.

"As the water level has dropped, brick foundations, fence posts, tree stumps, parts of rock walls, even concrete steps that once were attached to homes and barns in the forgotten 19th century towns of Lexington and Alma have re-emerged along the lake's western edges.

'This is probably only about the third or fourth time since 1952 that you can see it,' said Bill Wulf, 69, a historian in Santa Clara who roamed the two towns as a boy.

'A lot of history took place there. Lexington was where the first sawmill was in Santa Clara County, in 1847, before the Gold Rush started. All their loggers left for the gold fields and it shut down for a while.'

Also visible now is the road bed from the original Highway 17, an echo from a bygone era."

Full Story: Ghost town remnants resurface as Lexington Reservoir level falls

Comments

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $199
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $14.95 a month
City Plate table setting

New Arrival! City Plates

City downtown cores printed on gorgeous decorative collectible porcelain plates.
$50.00

Wear your city with style!

100% silk scarves feature detailed city maps. Choose from six cities with red or blue trim.
$55.00