When This Oregon Lake Dried Up In 2015, The Relics Of An Eerie Ghost Town Emerged

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Image: Dave Zahn via Statesman Journal

It’s 2015, and America’s western coast is in the grip of a severe drought that’s being felt far and wide. Over in Marion County, Oregon, for example, Detroit Lake is the lowest that it has ever been. And yet as the reservoir slowly dries up, the waters recede to reveal a stunning sight. Rising from the lake are the relics of an old railroad town – one that’s been hidden from sight for over 60 years.

Image: Art Anderson

Located in the famously picturesque area of America known as the Pacific Northwest, Oregon is renowned for its magnificent landscapes. From the state’s golden, sandy beaches to the lush, green expanses of its parks, this is a place that delights millions of visitors every year.

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Now, one of Western Oregon’s most popular attractions is Detroit Lake – a reservoir on the North Santiam River that lies near to the small city of Detroit in Marion County. At nine miles long, Detroit Lake boasts some 32 miles of shoreline. And the water there also provides local residents with plenty of opportunities for fishing, swimming, boating and other recreational activities.

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