Soda Springs in Caribou County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
Travertine Terraces - World Famous Water
The gently sloping mound around the geyser is travertine. The stone often develops into flights of pools enclosed within little dams. These dams form through a mix of water and carbon dioxide which makes carbonic acid, and dissolved calcium carbonate. Carbonic acid is the same weak acid that makes soda water taste slightly sour. When the carbon dioxide evaporates from a thin film of water on the lip of a pool, a layer of calcium carbonate is deposited because the water becomes less acidic in that particular spot.
The mineral springs in the area were a remarkable phenomenon to pioneers and, for a period of time, made Soda Springs world famous. A bottling plant was set up at nearby Ninety Percent Spring in 1997. Huge drums were put over Mammoth Spring, to trap escaping carbon dioxide, which was piped 5 miles over the mountain to the bottling works. Here the bottles were filled with water from Ninety Percent Spring and charged with gas from Mammoth Spring 5 miles north of here, to make carbonated water.
Bottled water was shipped by the railway carload to eastern markets and to foreign countries, bringing prosperity
Celebrating its location adjacent to the Oregon Short Line railroad and mineral waters, the luxurious Idan-ha Hotel was dedicated in 1887. The governors of Utah and Idaho declared the new hotel the “finest hostelry in the territory.” The 42-room hotel catered to the elite and later operated as a dining station for the Union Pacific Railroad. Unfortunately, the hotel, located at the southeast corner of Hooper Avenue and Main Street, burned in 1921.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Natural Features • Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 42° 39.451′ N, 111° 36.305′ W. Marker is in Soda Springs, Idaho, in Caribou County. Marker can be reached from South Main StreetTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: East First 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. "It Roars Like a Mad Dragon" (within shouting distance of this marker); The Springs of Soda Springs (within shouting distance of this marker); George W. and Leah Wallet Gorton (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ground Observer Corps National Planning (about 300 feet away); Ground Observation Corps Soda Springs Post (about 300 feet away); Caribou Mountain (about 300 feet away); Ground Observer Corps National Campaign (about 400 feet away); Niels Anderson ---- Mary Christoffersen Anderson (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Soda Springs.
Also see . . .
1. Soda Springs.
Soda Springs has a rich history starting when the Pioneers headed west for California and Oregon. Due to the abundance of springs and water in the area, Soda Springs became known as the "Oregon Trail Oasis." The famous Steam Boat Springs and Hooper Springs, which was originally called "Beer Springs," were some of the main sites to be seen by the earlier settlers and travelers as well as the many sulfurous springs that many pioneers journaled about the smell coming from the them. The City later became further famous in 1937 when a well was being drilled in search of hot water for a bath house that (Submitted on November 12, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Geyser Park.
The Soda Springs Geyser is a captive system artesian geyser discovered in 1937. It is located on Pyramid Spring, a travertine mound described by Fremont in his 1840s expeditions (Submitted on November 12, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs. Travertine often has a fibrous or concentric appearance and exists in white, tan, cream-colored, and even rusty varieties. It is formed by a process of rapid precipitation of calcium carbonate, often at the mouth of a hot spring or in a limestone cave. Travertine is a terrestrial sedimentary rock, formed by the precipitation of carbonate minerals from solution in ground and surface waters, and/or geothermally heated hot-springs. (Submitted on November 12, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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