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

Conda Mine - A phosphate fortune unearthed

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 22, 2017
1. Conda Mine - A phosphate fortune unearthed Marker
Inscription. Southeast Idaho is a major phosphate-producing region and phosphate mining has been an important industry here since the turn of the 20th century.

1920s world-wide demand for metals and chemicals

During the 1920s, world-wide demand for metals increased and mining activity boomed.
Phosphate rock suitable for agricultural fertilizer and industry was abundant in the Soda Springs area. In 1919, the Anaconda Copper Mining Company purchased 3,500 acres of phosphate-rich mining claims for $650,000 in the hills northeast of Soda Springs and mining was underway.

Conda Mine supplied a strategic World War II metal

In 1940, in response to the World War II effort the Conda Mine took the national lead in vanadium production. Vanadium is a rare but important by-product of manufacturing phosphate fertilizer that is added to steel to make high-grade armor, bullets, and bombs.

A new operator: J.R. Simplot Company

In 1959, Idaho's J.R. Simply Co. took over the open-pit phosphate mining at Conda in a joint venture agreement with Anaconda, and a year later Simplot purchased the plant. Fewer employees were required and the population at Conda dwindled. In 1984, phosphate mining at Conda ceased.
 
Location.
Conda Mine - A phosphate fortune unearthed Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 22, 2017
2. Conda Mine - A phosphate fortune unearthed Marker
"The Bus" is in the background.
42° 39.29′ N, 111° 36.159′ 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.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Memories of Conda - a company community (here, next to this marker); Coach History (a few steps from this marker); Hooper Spring (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); Caribou Mountain (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ground Observer Corps National Campaign (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.
 
Also see . . .  History of the Conda Operation: Underground to Strip Mining - AAPG Datapage. The Anaconda Copper Mining Company ac- quired the claims in 1919 and 1920, and began underground development in the later year. A railroad spur from Soda Springs was constructed, a townsite was laid out, and a surface crushing plant was installed. The rock subsequently mined was shipped to Anaconda, Montana for manufacture of phosphate fertilizers. (Submitted on August 7, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 8, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 7, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 7, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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