Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Dave Zahn is one of a few people this fall who spotted a 19th-century utility wagon lying lakeside in the mud when the reservoir drained to 143 feet below capacity. He’d expected to see remnants of Old Detroit — the 200-person town abandoned and flooded when the dam was finished in 1953 — but nothing like what he actually found.
“I went on a treasure hunt down along the river, figuring I’d find foundations or something like that,” Zahn said. “Then I saw a piece of old history right there.”
With the wagon, he also found a cement-lined octagonal pit that no one’s been able to identify.
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