Growing up, my spent almost every single spare second of summer hanging out at the lake. In western Oklahoma, that meant hanging out where a ghost town lies buried beneath the surface of the water.

Have you ever been to Lugert Lake in western Oklahoma? It's just a couple hours east of Amarillo, and it's well worth the drive to spend a weekend on the water and camping in the Quartz Mountains.

Even with a ghost town resting at the bottom of the lake.

The Town Under The Lake In Western Oklahoma

Believe it or not, there's a town under the waters of Lake Lugert. If that name doesn't ring a bell, you may be familiar with one of its other many monikers. Some call it Lake Altus, or Lake Altus-Lugert.

OETA via YouTube
OETA via YouTube

Lugert was founded just after the turn of the 20th century in 1902. Unfortunately, tragedy would strike again and again as tornado after tornado ransacked the town.

The people of Lugert had enough, and abandoned their home.

Swallowed By A Lake, Only To Rise From The Dead During Drought

Lugert was eventually flooded as Lake Altus expanded. However, the town wouldn't stay buried forever.

A long lasting drought brought the lake to only nine percent of its normal capacity by 2015. It was devastating not only to those who enjoyed fishing, skiing, and camping at the lake; but to farmers and ranchers as well. The lake is part of irrigating a huge portion of southwestern Oklahoma.

When the waters receded, you could see the remains of Lugert. Foundations laid bare in the Oklahoma sun once more.

Urban Legends And A Great Place To Spend A Weekend

Eventually rains would fill Lake Lugert again, and the town now rests in its watery bed. Growing up, whenever the water would get low, all of us kids would claim to see a church steeple out at Lake Lugert.

It wasn't true. None of us ever did. But it made for a cool story while waiting for school to start.

The story of Lugert, and knowing it's down there, adds to the allure of the Quartz Mountains. It's still one of my favorite places to be on the planet. Especially on hot summer days.

A trip out to the Quartz Mountains is well worth it. There's plenty to do, and you can always tell ghost stories around a campfire about the town that lies under the water.

The Abandoned School House Outside of Canyon, Texas

This was once the Jowell School. Built in 1901, the building was the cornerstone of the teeny tiny farming community of Jowell.

The building had been rebuilt and restored in the late '80s or 90s before vandals destroyed it in an act of arson. What remains of the Jowell School sits in a desolate part of rolling farmland between the small towns of Canyon and Happy, Texas.

Teeny Tiny Towns of the Texas Panhandle

Don't blink! You just might miss these TINY towns that are dotted around the Texas Panhandle.

Some of these are unincorporated communities and some of these are just plain ol' small!

Either way, these teensy weensy tiny towns and their populations will make you say "wow" (and maybe even squint and say "that's all!?"). Check them out:

This Florida Man Can't Handle All the Texas of the Panhandle

Shhhh...keep yer voice down low! You don't want to scare the little bloke off.

Stay close and keep quiet as we take an incredible journey: following a YouTuber from Florida, The Daily Woo, as he makes his way across the rugged Texas Panhandle landscape.

Yo won't believe what catches this big bloke's fancy!

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