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Soda Springs in Caribou County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Soda Springs

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 21, 2017
1. Soda Springs Marker
Inscription. In this area are a group of springs famous to Oregon Trail travelers, most of whom stopped to try the "acid taste and effervessing gasses" of the waters.
Earlier, fur traders often -- less elegantly -- called the place "Beer Springs" after one spring whose water tasted "like Lager Beer ...only flat." Another, Steamboat Spring, made sounds "exactly resembling ... a high pressure steam engine." Both springs are now drowned in the modern reservoir, but others still can be tasted.
 
Erected by Idaho Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 158.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Idaho State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 39.48′ N, 111° 37.584′ W. Marker is in Soda Springs, Idaho, in Caribou County. Marker is on U.S. 30 near South 3rd Street West, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2607 U.S. Scenic 30, Soda Springs ID 83276, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Connor (within shouting distance of this marker); First In Soda Springs (approx. 0.7 miles away); Clash Of Cultures (approx.
Soda Springs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 21, 2017
2. Soda Springs Marker
This marker is the closer one on the right.
0.7 miles away); Law & Order On The Frontier (approx. 0.7 miles away); A New Beginning... (approx. 0.7 miles away); Not A Walk In The Park... (approx. one mile away); Wagon Box Grave of 1861 (approx. one mile away); Father De Smet Monument (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Soda Springs.
 
Also see . . .  Soda Springs -- Pathway of the Pioneers. Oregon Trail travelers soon reached the next important stopping place, Soda Springs. The area was well known by emigrants for its abundance of unusual springs...Alexander Reservoir now covers both Steamboat Springs and sections of the Oregon Trail that pass through the area. But if they look closely, visitors can still see wagon ruts running through the nearby golf course and at Oregon Trail Park on the shores of the reservoir. (Submitted on July 25, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 25, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 23, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 124 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 23, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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