St Thomas Nevada
St Thomas Nevada Overview
Nevada is home to many “ghost towns” and St. Thomas is one of the “newer ones” as the twice abandoned town was submerged under water when the Hoover Dam was built and then appeared once the water levels started to drop.
Located within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area,
- 1865 – Town founded by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which was led by Thomas Sassen Smith
- February 1871 – the LDS Church abandoned St. Thomas
- 1938 – The last resident, Hugh Lord left St. Thomas (he supposedly woke up to water up to his bed and burned his house before rowing away)
The Population of St Thomas Nevada
In its day, St. Thomas was a thriving stopping point between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City along the Arrowhead Trail and the peak population was around 500 residents.
The National Park Service, Department of the Interior maintains the site of St. Thomas.
How to Get to St Thomas Nevada
From I-15 north of Las Vegas, take the Logandale-Overton exit. This is SR 169. Drive south about 29 miles, past Overton to Bluff Road, then Old St. Thomas Road (dirt) about three miles to the town site. There is parking and interpretive signage there. From the parking area, there is a 2.5-mile walk down to where the town once was. One goes at one’s own risk as the trail is not maintained.
Open seven days a week.
Depending on how you access the area, you may have to pay a fee to enter the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.