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Falling lake levels reveal Northstate history

By Carlo Falco
Published On: Jan 21 2014 07:37:31 PM CST
LAKE SHASTA, Calif. -

As Lake Shasta falls it continues to reveal more and more goodies previously hidden in the water below its surface. 

And as the water level continues to fall, some of the towns flooded in the 1930s are starting to be revealed once again.

Already parts of the mining town of Sallee in the Squaw Creek Arm have resurfaced. 

The Shasta Historical Society reports that foundations of old buildings are starting to poke out of the water.

Elsewhere in the lake, bridges and tunnels are starting to emerge from the receding waters.  Some date back over 100 years to when there were several small towns and mining and logging camps in the river valley. 

If no rain falls, and the lake falls to about 150 feet below crest then you might be able to see an old train trestle emerge from the Sacramento River Arm of the lake.

There are also some Native American burial grounds which have been uncovered by the lake waters.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office said that it is illegal to take any Native American artifacts found.  If you do take them, you could be hit with a $10,000 fine and/or one year in prison.

The Shasta Historical Society encourages anyone exploring the ruins of towns uncovered by the waters to be careful not to damage anything and to leave everything where it originally was.