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Brigham Young sent settlers out from Utah in 1865 to establish a Mormon colony at the meeting of the Muddy and the Virgin Rivers. In 1938, when the waters of Lake Mead began rising behind the recently completed Hoover Dam, the town of 500 had to be abandoned. The federal government bought their property, and most moved to the nearby town of Overton. In recent years, when extended drought caused lake levels to drop, the ghostly shapes of the walls of St. Thomas have risen up out of the mud.
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