Geyser Park – Soda Springs, Idaho - Atlas Obscura

Geyser Park

Soda Springs, Idaho

Home to a timed geyser created by complete accident.  

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The geyser located in Soda Springs is not a natural one. On November 30, 1937, while drilling in the travertine mound of Pyramid Springs, a drilling project to unearth warm water for a swimming pool unleashed its full force. The drilling reached a depth of 315 feet when it hit a chamber and released the gas and water mixture into a 100-foot geyser.

It stands in the middle of the small town of Soda Springs surrounded by a park. The geyser is capped and its eruptions are now controlled by a timer scheduled for release on the hour, every hour. The water coming out of the geyser is about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Soda Springs was a major stop on the Oregon trail due to the quality and quantity of water available. A number of natural springs are located in the area with Sulphur Hot Springs being the first one that travelers on the Oregon trail encountered first. Pyramid Springs was described by John C. Fremont during his expeditions of the 1840s. 

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