Somerfield came to be in 1818. However, advances in transportation left it behind. During the 1930's paved roads started replacing dirt & gravel, allowing people to drive farther and faster. Many of the small "stop-off" towns weren't needed anymore. This, combined with the government's plans to build a dam on the Youghiogheny, spelled doom for the town. Eventually, the government bought the land and forced it's 176 residents to relocate. In the 1940's the town was demolished and flooded
The town is usually under water. During times of extreme drought, you can walk down into the lakebed and walk the streets of Somerfield. The streets, sidewalks and foundations are still there, along with an old arch bridge. In addition you'll find an assortment of items people felt the best way to dispose of was to toss them overboard...... wheelchairs, engine blocks... etc.
Granted, these images aren't some of my most artistic or visually pleasing works. Not exactly something you would hang over your couch. But they provide an interesting glimpse of our past that's normally a hundred feet under water.