Soda Springs, Idaho
Soda Springs boasts the largest captive geyser in the world and was featured in “Ripley’s Believe It or Not.” It was discovered in an attempt to find a hot water source for a swimming pool. On November 30, 1937, the drill went down 315 feet and unleashed the geyser. The extreme pressure is caused by carbon dioxide gas mixing with water in an underground chamber. The water is around 72 F.
The geyser, in downtown Soda Springs, erupts every hour on the hour. So, today we decided to make the short drive over to Soda Springs to see the geyser in action. The kids liked getting soaked by the geyser and trying to run away from it. The wind was blowing pretty good, so it was tough to avoid getting wet.
After lunch, we headed over to Hooper Park where you partake of free, clear sparkling soda water bubbling from the ground. A prime attraction for more than 160 years, soda water from these springs was marked nationally after rail service reached this resort area in 1882. W.H. Hooper, Salt Lake City’s leading banker and president of Zions Cooperative Mercantile Institution, had his summer home here. He did much to found and promote Soda Springs and its soda water industry while serving as Utah’s delegate to Congress.
Savannah and Samantha trying to keep from getting wet.
Trevor hanging out by the geyser.
Sienna and Savannah enjoying the view.