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DISCOVER ONCE-FLOODED TOWN DURING NATIONAL ARCHEOLOGY DAY, OCT 20

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Date: October 11, 2012

National Park Service

U.S. Department of the Interior

LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA News Release

For Immediate Release: October 11, 2012

Release No.: 2012-57

Contact: Christie Vanover 702-283-2344

DISCOVER ONCE-FLOODED TOWN DURING NATIONAL ARCHEOLOGY DAY, OCT 20

OVERTON, Nev. - Lake Mead National Recreation Area will celebrate National Archaeology Day Oct. 20 with a guided tour of the historic town site of St. Thomas, Nev.

The town was established by Mormon settlers in 1865, and played an important role in the social and economic development of Southern Nevada. However, when the Hoover Dam was constructed, the town was abandoned as the waters of Lake Mead inundated the area.

Over the past few years, Lake Mead's dropping water levels have exposed the foundation of the town, and during National Archeology Day, visitors will be allowed to walk the historic streets and learn about the town's history.

Guests must register to participate in the three-hour tour. Registration is limited to 20. For details and reservations, contact the Lake Mead Visitor Center at 702-293-8990. For more information about St. Thomas, visit http://www.nps.gov/lake/historyculture/stthomas.htm.

National Archaeology Day is sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America to promote the awareness of archaeology and the preservation of cultural resources.

-NPS-

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