HUNTINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The drought gripping Indiana is offering visitors to
a northeastern Indiana reservoir their first glimpse of a town submerged for
nearly half a century. Declining water levels at the Salamonie Reservoir
have revealed the remnants of a town that was submerged when the reservoir
was created in 1967.
Assistant reservoir manager Wayne Ley said people have been visiting what
used to be Monument City and have found artifacts.
“They’ve found old door knobs, different things you could find around a
house, maybe a coin or two,” Ley told Lafayette television station WLFI.
Foundations of houses and the building blocks of a former school house also
“Normally, this is under several feet of water,” he said.
Four towns were submerged when the reservoir was created. Graves located in
area cemeteries were moved elsewhere, he said, but some unmarked graves were
washed away and are now being discovered in strange places.
“Usually bones are found by fishermen who are fishing along the shore, and
they’ll look down and they’ll see some bones,” Ley said.
Boaters using the reservoir are being warned to use caution because old
house foundations, roads and other parts of the underwater towns not
completely visible could present an unseen danger.
Ley said he has worked at the reservoir for three decades and has never seen
the towns until now.
“We do not expect this to happen again. I’ve worked here 34 years, and this
has never happened before,” he said.