THIS Lake In Oregon Completely Evaporated and Dried Out! Then a Mysterious and Scary Ghost Town Was Revealed!

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In 1955 the town of Old Detroit was officially abandoned, any and all residents were ordered out by  the US government. Soon afterwards water flooded in and all of the buildings and whatever else had been left behind was swallowed up by a new reservoir in Marion County, Oregon.  From that point on, the town and surrounding area was called Detroit Lake, which today supplies water to the capital city of Salem and other nearby towns. 

When the region experiences low rainfall and a prolonged drought, water levels at the lake inevitably drop.  In 2015 the lake had reached a record low of 143 feet below capacity and things that had long ago been buried underwater were once again out in the open.  One relic from the past that was spotted was a 19th century utility wagon laying on its side in the muck.  A still in-tact cast iron plate on it showed that it was made by the Milburn Wagon Company of Toledo, Ohio and historians have estimated it to be about 130 years old. 

It stayed in excellent shape all those years because it’d been buried at the bottom of the lake in a low oxygen environment. It’s brief exposure to air and sunlight probably damaged it more than the 100+ years being underwater did and thankfully its location was kept a secret by those who saw it.  In addition to the never before seen wagon, a cement lined octagonal pit was also discovered. However, no one has been able to figure out what it could be or what it was once used for.

The history of the lake and surrounding area is just as interesting as the random things that can be spotted in the mud when water levels drop.  Founded in 1880, the town of Old Detroit sprung up as a place originally meant to house the men who were working on the Oregon Pacific Railroad. When the railroad went bust, it became a place where primarily farmers, loggers and their families settled to work the land.  At one time there was a school and cafes, a hardware store, movie theater, tavern and church all dotting the streets. Life was good in the quiet picturesque rural community, but there were issues.  

The main problem facing the area was that the Santiam River, part of the Willamette River basin, often flooded and was unpredictable.  Snowmelt from the Cascades and rainfall led to severe floods that raced down the canyon and valleys destroying everything in their path.  After years of expensive floods that wiped out families and farms downstream, Congress finally passed the Flood Control Act of 1938. It provided for dams to be built that would control the flooding and generate electricity.  Detroit Dam was one of them and by the time it was finished it measured 1,580 long, 360 feet high, and could hold 455,000 acre-feet of water.

However, before Detroit Dam could be put into operation, the town’s several hundred residents had to be relocated.  They’d asked the government for land to re-site the city on but were denied and so they turned to a local timber baron, A.B. Hammond, who was more accommodating.  He developed an old logging camp in the area and divided it up into lots which he sold to the displaced residents and other newer arrivals.    

Finally in 1955 the dam was operational, and the North Santiam River went from being a swift moving, sometimes raging river, to a huge lake that covered the city of Old Detroit.  The town has been sitting at the bottom of the reservoir ever since and rarely makes an appearance. Only when the water levels drop off super low does anything from the past appear and 2015 was the last time that happened.

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THIS Guy Was Swimming In The Lake When Something Brushed Up Against His Leg. But Then a Small Foot Appeared!

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Nothing cools you down faster on hot summer’s day than taking a dip in a cool mountain lake.  That was exactly what Angelo Mondragon set out to do on a sizzling hot July afternoon. The 32 year old plumber from Fort Collins, Colorado was in the middle of his summer vacation when he decided to visit friends and family at nearby Windsor Lake.  He was looking forward to relaxing by the waters edge and took along his wife and children.

Once they got to the lake, Angelo and his family found a nice spot to set up on the beach.  Since it was a hot Sunday afternoon in July the place was pretty packed with other young families hoping to escape the oppressive heat.  After settling in and making sure everyone was all set, Angelo headed straight towards the water for a that refreshing dip he’d been looking forward to.

When he entered the water, nothing seemed amiss.  Kids were yelling and splashing all around, playing games and having a blast while their parents and older adults chatted on the beach.  As he waded in further to waist deep water, he suddenly felt something bump against his leg. Whatever it was felt soft and very strange, and Angelo later explained that “It felt like something you normally wouldn’t feel in the water.”  Wanting to find out what the heck it was, he gently toed at it to bring it up towards the surface. That’s when he saw the bottom of young child’s foot floating in the water.  

Looking down in shock and horror, Angelo gasped before quickly grabbing the baby and screaming for help.  He carried the little girl out of the water, yelling for her family all the while and for someone to call 9-1-1.  The toddler was limp and lifeless in his hands, wasn’t breathing, and had already turned blue. It didn’t look good at all. 

Once he got the child onto the beach two off-duty nurses and an off-duty police officer ran over to help him administer CPR.  As they waited for the ambulance to arrive, he prayed that the girl would make it. Working together, they all managed to revive the girl and by the time the ambulance brought her to the hospital she had regained consciousness and was alert.  

The following day Angelo got to meet the little girl he’d saved less than 24 hours earlier at the Children’s Hospital in Aurora where she was in good condition.  Her name was Sitlali Hernandez, she was just 3 years old, and had been at the lake that day with her family, just like he was with his three young kids. He also met Sitlali’s mother, who thanked him for his quick action and saving her child’s life.  

In a later interview Angelo remarked that “If I was not in that right spot at the right time, it could have been a search and rescue mission.  As I told the little girl’s mom, when I saw the baby’s toes, that became my baby.” In the wake of the incident, he decided to try and rally the local community and businesses around collecting flotation devices for anyone who might need but doesn’t have or can’t afford them.  He was inspired to act, and who knows, he may end up saving more lives down the line.

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They Found Something Terrifying In The Center Of This Frozen Lake. When They Touched It? OMG!

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Many strange phenomenons found in nature are difficult or seemingly impossible to explain, and this video features one such thing. It was originally posted on YouTube by user Jason Nilson after he and a group of friends decided to go on a hike through the cold, snowy wilds.

They ended up on Utah Lake, which is located near the city of Provo, Utah. The men trekked out onto the frozen lake’s surface and all seemed normal until they suddenly stumbled upon a patch in the ice that looked completely out of place. The sight that met their eyes was eerily disconcerting and to this day no one is quite sure what to make of it.

As you can clearly see in the video, the round, neat looking hole they came upon had within it a bunch of much smaller holes. Each of the smaller holes contained a single, odd looking, white, chunky object at its center.

Around each of these white things the ice had partially melted and when one of the men went to touch it he immediately pulled back his finger in surprise and disgust. According to him, the white blob was “squishy” and “gross.” Those are not two words that are ever used to describe ice, and so it makes us wonder, what the heck is that stuff?

The men offer one hypothesis as to what it could possibly be as they ponder aloud that “maybe it’s aliens, dude,” which is definitely one of the first things that comes to mind. Other than that, there seems to be no logical answer to the questions of what the strange white things are or how they got there.

The footage clearly shows that the men are in the middle of nowhere, on a snow covered and completely frozen lake, and yet there is a random hole with partially melted ice and white chunks floating in it. The whole clip leaves us with more questions than answers, so check it out and you decide what it could all possibly be!

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Man Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake So He Gets a Drone Flies It Inside and Captures This

California’s Napa County is well known for its wine industry and beautiful scenery. Between its lush green rolling hills and wildflower covered valleys, it easily ranks among one of the most naturally picturesque places in America. There is so much to see and explore throughout the area and when the timing is right, one of the main attractions can be found at Lake Berryessa. The seventh largest man-made lake in California is held back by the 304 foot tall Monticello Dam and is home to the famous “Glory Hole” spillway. Sitting just yards away from the concrete lip of the dam, the spillway is funnel shaped just like how a morning glory flower is, hence the name.

At the opening and widest point, it measures 72 feet across before narrowing down to approximately 28 feet as it drops straight down two-hundred vertical feet! Once it reaches the bottom it bends ninety degrees and then straightens out before eventually draining out on the other side of the dam into Putah Creek.

The last time the spillway was in action was well over a decade ago and with the ongoing drought conditions that California has been experiencing it was expected to be awhile before it ever saw any use again. All of that changed recently when January and February brought record amounts of rain to the region and raised the lake’s water capacity to near maximum levels!

The sudden influx of so much water in such a short span of time meant that the glory hole was finally back in action and on February 16, 2017 the edge of it was officially runneth over! You have to check out this awesome drone footage to see what it looks like when thousands of cubic feet of water per second rush down the hole.

It’s unbelievably mesmerizing and hypnotic and the power of the spillway is truly a wonder to behold. At one point in the footage the drone operator let it get a little too close to the hole and it almost ended up being sucked down into the dark depths. Check it out because this is something you don’t get to see all that often and it’s super neat! Note: If Trouble Viewing Video on Mobile Device or iPad turn device horizontal.

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