The town that drowned

Linwood general store

By Chuck Woodbury
Flaming Gorge Reservoir in southwestern Wyoming is known for its beauty and great fishing. But unknown to many visitors is that deep beneath its surface is the city of Linwood, “the city that drowned.”

The town was laid out by George Solomon in 1900. The 41st parallel, which formed the Utah-Wyoming border, ran directly through the middle of town, making it an interesting community, since it was in two different states.

Linwood School, or “Stateline School,” was built in the fall of 1904 and had the distinction of being the only school in the country to be run by two state school boards. The north half was in Wyoming and the south half in Utah.

One story goes that when public dances were held in Linwood School, if the law from Wyoming appeared, the outlaws in attendance would go to the Utah side of the dance floor. If the Utah law showed up, the situation was reversed.

It’s said that the two forces never showed up at the same time.

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Joe Rogers

My first school was in College Corner Ohio/Indiana. The school was in two states, 3 counties and 4 township. Naturally it was called Union School District. The centerline of the School Gym was the Ohio/Indiana state line. The School is still there but has changed from a 1st to 12th grade school to an elementary school only. I first started school in 1948. No Kindegarten, went straight to 1st grade. I left there in 3rd grade to live very close to the Texas/Oklahoma state line. The Pipe Line camp housing we lived in was in Texas. The mail boxes for there was across the road in Oklahoma.

Barry Thomas

can you finish the article ??


The town that drowned…….. we also have one of those in ND – which went under when Garrison Dam was built – creating Lake Sakawega (Sp – (Never could spell that!), in central ND. The gov’t. built a new town to replace it!


It drowned because of them damning up the river to create a reservoir. If you are going to camp there my recommendation is on the South End of the Gorge. The campgrounds on the west side are pretty windy and very few trees.


Why no mention of why or how the city drowned?


Why the name, “the city that drowned”?