Explore Outdoors: Man-made flood submerged California town, but religious relics saved

A visit to Camanche Reservoir at the juncture of San Joaquin, Calaveras and Alpine counties often includes a day of fishing, boating or fun in the sun. But did you know that submerged under the waters of this manmade lake are the remnants of post-Gold Rush-era town? The creation of this lake forced the evacuation of the entire town — but not before settlers saved the religious relics of a church central to that community. Those relics are preserved today inside the Calaveras County Historical Society in the nearby town of San Andreas. To learn more about the history of the town and the significance of those relics, watch the video above.

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