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  • A cyclist views Folsom Dam from a hilltop exposed due to the low water levels in Folsom Lake on Monday, December 29, 2013. A short twenty minute walk the remains of the old gold rush town, Mormon Island can be seen. It hasn't been seen since 1955 when the area was flooded for Folsom Dam. Some foundations and relics can be seen on the ground, but most of the town is still underwater. the island town, which is usually under Folsom Lake, grew out of a larger Mormon settlement on the American River during the Gold Rush. It used to be a town of about 2,500 people. "Mormon Island thrived during mining years with as many as 2,500 people, complete with four hotels, a school and seven saloons, according to some historical accounts.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • Mormon Island
    Ethan Rutherford and Peyton Vota of El Dorado Hills walk with muddy shoes and legs after getting stuck in mud near the remains of a structure in the old gold rush town of Mormon Island in Folsom, California. Due to the low water levels in Folsom Lake, the old Gold Rush town is beginning to appear. It hasn't been seen since 1955 when the area was flooded for Folsom Dam. Some foundations and relics can be seen on the ground, but most of the town is still underwater. the island town, which is usually under Folsom Lake, grew out of a larger Mormon settlement on the American River during the Gold Rush. It used to be a town of about 2,500 people. "Mormon Island thrived during mining years with as many as 2,500 people, complete with four hotels, a school and seven saloons, according to some historical accounts.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • A kayaker rows near the remains of the old gold rush town of Mormon Island in Folsom, California. Due to the low water levels in Folsom Lake, the old Gold Rush town is beginning to appear. It hasn't been seen since 1955 when the area was flooded for Folsom Dam. Some foundations and relics can be seen on the ground, but most of the town is still underwater. the island town, which is usually under Folsom Lake, grew out of a larger Mormon settlement on the American River during the Gold Rush. It used to be a town of about 2,500 people. "Mormon Island thrived during mining years with as many as 2,500 people, complete with four hotels, a school and seven saloons, according to some historical accounts.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • Katherine Rutherford of El Dorado Hills photographs near the remains of a structure in the old gold rush town of Mormon Island in Folsom, California on Monday, December 29, 2013. Due to the low water levels in Folsom Lake, the old Gold Rush town is beginning to appear. It hasn't been seen since 1955 when the area was flooded for Folsom Dam. Some foundations and relics can be seen on the ground, but most of the town is still underwater. the island town, which is usually under Folsom Lake, grew out of a larger Mormon settlement on the American River during the Gold Rush. It used to be a town of about 2,500 people. "Mormon Island thrived during mining years with as many as 2,500 people, complete with four hotels, a school and seven saloons, according to some historical accounts.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • Ella Rutherford and Kayla Vota look at metal and glass with Katherine Rutherford near the remains of a structure in the old gold rush town of Mormon Island in Folsom, California. Due to the low water levels in Folsom Lake, the old Gold Rush town is beginning to appear. It hasn't been seen since 1955 when the area was flooded for Folsom Dam. Some foundations and relics can be seen on the ground, but most of the town is still underwater. the island town, which is usually under Folsom Lake, grew out of a larger Mormon settlement on the American River during the Gold Rush. It used to be a town of about 2,500 people. "Mormon Island thrived during mining years with as many as 2,500 people, complete with four hotels, a school and seven saloons, according to some historical accounts.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • Tiana Oliver climbs the remains of a structure in the old gold rush town of Mormon Island with friends Hannah Bellavance and Genevieve Bellavance. Due to the low water levels in Folsom Lake, the old Gold Rush town is beginning to appear. It hasn't been seen since 1955 when the area was flooded for Folsom Dam. Some foundations and relics can be seen on the ground, but most of the town is still underwater. the island town, which is usually under Folsom Lake, grew out of a larger Mormon settlement on the American River during the Gold Rush. It used to be a town of about 2,500 people. "Mormon Island thrived during mining years with as many as 2,500 people, complete with four hotels, a school and seven saloons, according to some historical accounts.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • Pieces of metal, glass and ceramics lay in several spots near the remains of a structure in the old gold rush town of Mormon Island in Folsom, California. Due to the low water levels in Folsom Lake, the old Gold Rush town is beginning to appear. It hasn't been seen since 1955 when the area was flooded for Folsom Dam. Some foundations and relics can be seen on the ground, but most of the town is still underwater. the island town, which is usually under Folsom Lake, grew out of a larger Mormon settlement on the American River during the Gold Rush. It used to be a town of about 2,500 people. "Mormon Island thrived during mining years with as many as 2,500 people, complete with four hotels, a school and seven saloons, according to some historical accounts.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • Tree stumps, submerged in Folsom Dam were visible on Monday, December 29, 2013 due to the low water levels in Folsom Lake. The stumps and remains of the old gold rush town, Mormon Island can be seen. It hasn't been seen since 1955 when the area was flooded for Folsom Dam. Some foundations and relics can be seen on the ground, but most of the town is still underwater. the island town, which is usually under Folsom Lake, grew out of a larger Mormon settlement on the American River during the Gold Rush. It used to be a town of about 2,500 people. "Mormon Island thrived during mining years with as many as 2,500 people, complete with four hotels, a school and seven saloons, according to some historical accounts.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • Devin Hannickel and his mother Donna Hannickel and photograph the sunset in Folsom Lake at dusk on Monday afternoon, December 29, 2013. Many areas around the lake have not been seen since 1955 when the area was flooded for Folsom Dam.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • Kim Oliver, Steve Bellavance and their pets Jasper and Ginger of Scotts Valley, California enjoy the sunset from within a exposed area due to the low water levels near the remains of the old gold rush town, Mormon Island in Folsom Lake on Monday, December 29, 2013. The remains haven't been seen since 1955 when the area was flooded for Folsom Dam. Some foundations and relics can be seen on the ground, but most of the town is still underwater. the island town, which is usually under Folsom Lake, grew out of a larger Mormon settlement on the American River during the Gold Rush. It used to be a town of about 2,500 people. "Mormon Island thrived during mining years with as many as 2,500 people, complete with four hotels, a school and seven saloons, according to some historical accounts.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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