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

“It Roars Like a Mad Dragon”

S.E. Matthews, Soda Springs Geyer Corporation, December 1937

 
 
"It Roars Like a Mad Dragon" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 21, 2017
1. "It Roars Like a Mad Dragon" Marker
Captions: (bottom left) Many trail emigrants, in the 1840s and 50s wrote in their dairies that the Soda Springs area was one of the greatest natural marvels they had ever seen.; (bottom center) 1878 USGS map of Soda Springs and Pyramid Spring.; (bottom right) In 1937 local businessmen attempted to tap Pyramid Springs' underground hot water to develop a health resort and bathhouse at Soda Springs.
Inscription. Many Oregon & California bound emigrants mention seeing ten to twelve foot hight white mounds and cones in their diaries and journals while passing through the Soda Springs area in the mid-1800s. Often, one of the first natural curiosities that they encountered was Pyramid Spring.
In the 1937, several local businessmen attempted to find and divert hot water from Pyramid Spring to develop a commercial bathhouse and health resort. On November 28th, at a depth of 315 feet, their hopes and dreams seemed within reach. The drilling rig struck a gas chamber, and shortly after drilling ceased for the day hot water began gushing upward more than forty feet. The next day, after the 3500 pound bit was removed, the ground shook as if it were about to split open and a roaring gusher of more than 70 feet streamed upward from the valve. After several days, the hissing hot water began to cool and become laden with mineral content (hard water), rendering it undesirable for use as a bathhouse. Two weeks later the drilling riggers were able to finally cap the gusher.
The hordes of tourists that the businessmen anticipated, never came. But the geyser did attract attention. Within weeks, the Secretary of the Interior sent a telegram to Soda Springs asking the City to turn off the geyser because "...it is throwing the world famous 'Old Faithful
"It Roars Like a Mad Dragon" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 21, 2017
2. "It Roars Like a Mad Dragon" Marker
The 'geyser' valve mechanism is in the background.
Geyser' of schedule."
Today, Soda Springs' Captive Geyser has a timer on the valve that permits it to erupt every hour on the hour throughout the year.
 
Erected by Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
 
Location. 42° 39.424′ N, 111° 36.315′ W. Marker is in Soda Springs, Idaho, in Caribou County. Marker can be reached from East 1st Street South near South Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Soda Springs ID 83276, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Springs of Soda Springs (within shouting distance of this marker); Ground Observer Corps National Planning (within shouting distance of this marker); Ground Observation Corps Soda Springs Post (within shouting distance of this marker); George W. and Leah Wallet Gorton (within shouting distance of this marker); Ground Observer Corps National Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); Caribou Mountain (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wagon Box Grave of 1861 (about 400 feet away); Not A Walk In The Park... (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Soda Springs.
 
More about this marker. The marker is in Geyser Park.
 
Categories. Man-Made Features
 
Soda Springs Geyser, every hour, on the hour image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 21, 2017
3. Soda Springs Geyser, every hour, on the hour
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 28, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 28, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 69 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 28, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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