As climate change and overuse intensify drought, Whiskey Flats, a famous California Ghost Town, re-emerges after 70 years underwater.

Gun-slinging cowboys and dusty Western mining towns might seem like relics of the past—subjects for history books and grainy films. But a shrinking reservoir in the southern foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California has revealed the foundation of an honest-to-goodness Wild West town, bringing the ghosts of that era back to the surface. 

About 35 kilometers from Bakersfield, California, is Lake Isabella, the result of the Kern River being dammed in the 1950s to provide water for surrounding farmland. Now at only eight percent capacity, the receding water line has uncovered the Gold Rush-era town of Whiskey Flats, abandoned so the valley could be flooded.