Soda Springs in Caribou County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
Memories of Conda - a company community
In 1920, the ambitious Anaconda Copper Mining Company built the community of Conda to house its phosphate miners and their families. About 300 people resided in Conda during the mining heyday. The town closed in 1984.
At its peak, Conda hosted 82 homes, school, meeting hall, bunk house, store, and offices. Company housing rented for $12.00 a month, which included water for lawns and gardens. Two times a week, free movies were shown twice daily so that shift workers could attend.
From 1922 to 1936, the Company offered free travel for miners and their families between Conda and Soda Springs on "The Bus." The unique rail car rambled along the Union Pacific rail lines between the two communities even in winter.
In the 1960s, J.R. Simplot, new owner of the Conda Mine, gave The Bus to the Willard Poulsen family, past residents of Conda. The Bus was moved to Soda Springs Golf Course and painted red. In 1983, the Poulsens gifted The Buss to the city of Soda Springs
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1920.
Location. 42° 39.291′ N, 111° 36.163′ W. Marker is in Soda Springs, Idaho, in Caribou County. Marker is on East 2nd Street South (U.S. 30) near South Main Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 31 East 2nd Street South, Soda Springs ID 83276, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Conda Mine - A phosphate fortune unearthed (here, next to this marker); Coach History (within shouting distance of this marker); Hooper Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); General Patrick Edward Connor (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Ellis Kackley (within shouting distance of this marker); The Dinkey Engine (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brigham Young Summer Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Grand Vision (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Soda Springs.
More about this marker. This marker is located in Corrigan (City) Park.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 7, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 954 times since then and 168 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 7, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.