Thursday, April 1, 2010

Underwater Towns

...did you know there are more than twenty of these alone in America?

Most disappeared when dams were built, and reservoirs flooded. Some reappear during times of drought. (Like this Venezualan town whose church, town cemetary and demolished houses are suddenly turning up again.)

We used to live up in the mountains in Nederland, CO, above the Barker reservoir. Which holds the remains of more than a few miners' cabins and ranches. It was a bit shivery to think what could be left underwater.

Long ago, I read a novel about a submerged town, and the secrets it held. While Internet surfing, I've been watching Beneath Still Waters, a movie on SyFy. It's all about some weird evil  in -- you guessed it -- a Spanish town that ended up underwater four decades ago. Maybe it's because it's early in the morning (about 1:30 a.m.), but it does seem more creepy than the average grab-your-ankle underwater flick. (Until the inevitable attorney or Viagra commercial intrudes, that is.)

If you're curious about this little-discussed subject, try this website, as well as this one.  You can even visit some of the towns -- if you've got scuba equipment!

Freaky.

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Zzzzzzzz...

After four hours at Tuesday Morning's checkout line today, I can honestly relate. Okay, maybe a nap AND a cookie.