Soda Springs Complex
Soda Springs Complex - Soda Springs, Idaho
The natural fountains at "Beer Springs" were rightfully considered to be one of the marvels of the overland trails. Emigrants frequently took advantage of the hot water to wash clothes, and almost every emigrant account noted the picturesque scenery and the natural curiosities of the area.
On July 24, 1838, Sarah White Smith, "Traveled . . . along the bank of the bear river & are encamped at Soda Springs. This is indeed a curiosity. The water tastes like soda water, especially artificially prepared. The water is bubbling and foaming like boiling water. I drank of it. . . . We find it excellent for baking bread, no preparation of water is necessary. Take it from the fountain & the bread is as light as any prepared with yeast."The development of the town and the building of Alexander Reservoir has destroyed or covered many of these historic springs. Steamboat Spring, Wagonbox Grave, Hooper Spring, Octagon Spring, and two short traces of ruts can still be seen in the area.
Did You Know?
Emigrants bound for western lands in the 1840-60s followed the Sweetwater River across Wyoming from near Fort Laramie in the southeast to Fort Bridger in the southwest passing by the Devil's Gate, a spectacular cleavage in stone that proved impassable without mountain climbing equipment. More...