St Thomas Nevada

Nevada's Historic & Miscellaneous Places

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The Southwest, including Southern Nevada, has a significant amount of Native American Petroglyph / Rock Art Sites. Our web site will concentrate on the rock art of Southern Nevada which extends back over 1500 years, and was typically created by either the Paiute, Shoshone, Chemehuevi, or the Anasazi people.

 

Preservation through Education

 

We believe that rock art on public lands does not - and should not - belong to just a few select people or groups.  However, due to the fragile nature of many rock art sites, it is not realistic to have a large number of people visiting most of them. What we are attempting to do with our website is to provide visual access where those with the interest or the curiosity can go to see and appreciate a small piece of Native American history. Our beliefs are that by educating people to the historical significance of the rock art, people will be more inclined to respect, and preserve, the sites for the enjoyment of everyone for a long, long time.

St Thomas Nevada

 

St Thomas started out as a settlement in 1865 and grew to a small town of farms, stores, and even had its own post office. After the completion of Hoover Dam and with the water rising behind the dam, the last person left St Thomas on June 11,1938 (see water photos on NPS web site). Because of a decade of droughts in the southwest, the current levels of water in Lake Mead are about 120' below its maximum levels obtained in 1983 causing St Thomas once again to be exposed.

 

The National Park Service has done a great job in making this place accessible to the public so please respect the townsite and do not remove any artifacts that you may come across. There is a 2.5 mile loop trail leading from a parking area to the townsite. The parking area is on a dirt road approximately 3.5 miles from the intersection of Northshore Rd. and Valley of Fire Hwy. For more information, call the Lake Mead Visitor Center (702) 293-8990.

 

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On this Google satellite image of St Thomas, I have placed my corresponding "Structure" numbers. The map will help give you a better idea of where the individual buildings I photographed are located.

 

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