It comes to no surprise that there's an appeal to visiting ruins, especially if there's an eerie history. One fascinating ghost town in Utah is Thistle. It's a sunken ghost town that washed off the map due to a significant flood almost 40 years ago.\nBack in 1983 and 1984, the Thistle Disaster was a massive mudslide that created a natural dam across the Spanish Fork River, according to the Utah Division of Archives and Records Service.\nAfter heavy rain, a giant mudslide dumped over one million cubic yards of soil and earth that destroyed the Denver and Rio Grande Western railroad tracks. The natural dam that was created wholly submerged the town of Thistle under Thistle Lake.\nWhat remains of this abandoned ghost town is a couple of buildings submerged underwater and a few in ruins that still stand above ground.\nIf you're in dire need of a road trip to visit a ghost town with a daunting history, this is the place.\nAs your driving on U.S. Route 89, you'll stumble across the ruins about 1.5 miles onto the highway.\nView this post on Instagram Thistle, Utah under the water. In 1983 a big flood covered the town. #samsungs20plus #samsung #s20plus #utah #usa #ghosttown #photography A post shared by Felipe Rivero (@feliperiverof) on Apr 18, 2020 at 3:37pm PDT\nYou'll see some buildings under muddy water, and since the land is on private property, it's best to view it from the highway.\nWe appreciate the zoom function on our phones now more than ever.\nView this post on Instagram And for those who have never seen the actual award winning photo, here she be. The old school house that has been falling down more and more over the years. It’s currently only a foundation. This is located in Thistle Canyon Utah, and was taken between 2007 & 2014 I cannot remember off the top of my head. . #thistleutah #thistlecanyon #schoolhouse #ghosttown #thistleutahmudslide1983 #abandonedplaces A post shared by Becca Lee Dillingham (@onceforgottenphotography) on May 5, 2019 at 7:02am PDT\nSome of the foundations that still stand are even covered in graffiti. The entire area looks so abandoned that parts of it look like nature is taking over or reclaiming the land.\nAside from the unfortunate history, parts of the town remain and will give you a glimpse into the past.\nView this post on Instagram Happy Friday the 13th~ Check out this ghost town in Utah Valley called Thistle. It became a ghost town after a horrible landslide flooded and destroyed the area in 1983. What remains of Thistle can be found off of Hwy 89. . . . . . #exploreutahvalley #ghosttown #thistle #oldbuilding #exploreutah #hauntedutah #utahgram #adventure #fridaythe13th A post shared by Explore Utah Valley (@exploreutahvalley) on Jul 13, 2018 at 7:07pm PDT\nIf you're itching to learn some history and want to check out a ghost town, Thistle is only around a one-hour trip away from Salt Lake.\nThistle, Utah\nLocation: Route U.S. 89, Spanish Fork, UT\nWhy you need to go: You can visit an abandoned ghost town that features sunken buildings in muddy water.\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a site, respect the environment.