An old bridge has risen from the water as the inundated town of Monticello re-emerges from a man-made lake that's receding after four years of drought.

With each dry day, receding Lake Berryessa reveals more remains of the town, once a thriving farming community before the government claimed it for a dam and reservoir in the 1950s."There was almost nothing left when they got through," remembered Harold Moskowitz, 64, who was raised in Monticello and now lives near the dwindling lake. "They paid us off, gave buildings away, tore some down and burned some. What they couldn't burn they buried.

"The only thing left would be some streets and foundations. They didn't leave anything over 6 inches high, even the trees. It was a sad thing to lose that town."

Now, hundreds of tourists and former residents are trekking to the lake, about 50 miles northeast of San Francisco, to glimpse the past and remember the town's century of life.