A nice old fashioned sub sandwich after hiking the St Thomas loop trail!
St Thomas ghost town is located on the north end of Lake Mead. The St Thomas access road is just across state road 169 from the Lake Mead entrance to The Valley Of Fire. A well maintained dirt road leads to the St Thomas loop trail by the lakeside. The town of St Thomas can be seen in the distance from the trail's head on the sandstone butte overlook.
The town of St Thomas is located where the Muddy River flows into the Colorado River. This town was established in 1865 by Mormon settlers. The Mormons abandoned the town when the state line shifted and St Thomas was no longer in Utah. Later in 1938, the federal government purchased the town after Hoover Dam was built. St Thomas was evacuated and razed before the water of Lake Mead covered the town.
St Thomas remained submerged for many years, before the water line of Lake Mead receded. St Thomas was partially submerged only a few years ago and now the town is above the water line once again. Only the slabs, stone and cement remain at St Thomas. A long row of trees that were cut down can be seen on the main street section. The original wooden buildings have long since disappeared.
The St Thomas loop hiking trail is 2 1/2 miles long and the trail is well maintained. The trail passes close to all the buildings in the ghost town. The remains of St Thomas look surreal in the dry lake bed and desert mountain surroundings. Stairways that lead to nowhere dot the landscape and the desert is deafeningly quiet in this area. The hike is easy in the cooler months of the year and it is rewarding to see what remains of St Thomas.
When the Mormons left St Thomas due to border shift tax reasons, they established the towns of Glendale and Logandale in the Moapa Valley. These towns are on state road 169 close to I-15. There are plenty of historic places to see in this area. The St Thomas museum and the relocated St Thomas graveyard are in the Moapa Valley.
After a hike on the St Thomas trail and taking pictures all afternoon, a bite to eat seemed like a good idea! There are many good local restaurants in the Moapa Valley along Northshore Road. I decided to stop at Tiffany's Pies and Subs in Logandale for lunch. Tiffany's is located at 1925 Whipple Avenue at the intersection of Northshore Road. Tiffany's is a nice old fashioned sub shop with a walk up counter and a few soda fountain style tables in the dining area. An old fashioned juke box adds to the atmosphere.
The sub menu is on a board and the pie offerings are written daily. I was hoping that the pie was sold by the slice, but Tiffany's only sells whole pies. I had my hopes up, because it seems like the pies at every Mormon community restaurant that I have been to in the past were delicious and nicely crafted! Mormons are known for making great pies and I had a great banana cream pie in Koosharem Utah a few months ago!
I didn't need to eat a whole pie, because I would have been forced to diet for the next few weeks, so I focussed on the sub menu. Just about any kind of old fashioned hot or cold sub sandwich that can be imagined was on the board at Tiffany's. A full range of sub toppings was offered. I chose the Tiffany's #1 Sub for lunch. The #1 is an Italian style sub with ham, capicola, salami and provolone cheese.
The meats on the Italian sub were of nice quality and the lettuce, tomato and onion toppings were fresh and crisp. There were many sub sauces to chose from and it seemed like the locals all preferred the honey mustard sauce on their sandwiches. I chose the classic oil, vinegar and oregano sauce for my Italian sub.
The service was fast and polite at Tiffany's. The kitchen and dining area were very clean. The sub sandwich was served on an old fashioned soft sub roll and the sub hit the spot! A sub sandwich after hiking is top prey for a ravenous beast!
I definitely recommend Tiffany's Pies and Subs for visitors of St Thomas Ghost Town, visitors of the Moapa Valley and locals alike! Tiffany's Pies and Subs is a very busy sub shop that is worth giving a try. A sub sandwich and a cozy atmosphere is perfect after hiking at a ghost town like St Thomas! If you are a pie fan or have more than one mouth to feed, then I highly suggest getting an old fashioned home made pie while at Tiffany's. The pies looked good! ... Shawna