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Drought reveals historic town at bottom of Oregon lake

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After months of drought, Water in Oregon's Detroit Lake is at a 46 year low revealing an underwater town. (KTVZ) After months of drought, Water in Oregon's Detroit Lake is at a 46 year low revealing an underwater town. (KTVZ)

On October 29, Marion Sheriff Deputy Dave Zahn went to Oregon's Detroit Lake to take pictures of Old Detroit, the 200-person town abandoned and flooded in the 1950s after the Detroit Dam was built.

Every fall and winter, the remains appear again when the water levels drop. However, this fall, Zahn saw even more than he expected -- a 19th century utility wagon perfectly preserved beneath the lake's surface all these years. 

"They said it was a hoax," said Kathy Snyder, restaurant owner. "They thought it couldn't have been there all this time and nobody saw it, but they didn't realize, yeah it could have because the water wasn't that low before."
 
The lack of snow last winter meant the lake drained 143 feet below capacity over the summer, revealing much more of Old Detroit than had been seen in some time.

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