Soda Springs, Conda Soda Springs started up as a stop along the Oregon and California Trails. People would stop by to take in the sparkling waters found here. Some travelers would sit by the bubbling springs with their tin cups and drink and party like they were drinking beer. Some people would add sugar or lemon syrup to make some tasty fizzy drinks. In 1937 some people were drilling for hot water to supply the town swimming pool when they hit a pocket of CO2 and water that gushed up in a geyser. Water was running through the downtown so they eventually capped the geyser. Now it is on a timer that lets it erupt on the hour with a 150' plume of 72 degree water. Soda Springs back in the day. The US used to run a Ground Observer Corps program during WWII. This was a Civil Defense program that was intended to protect us from air attack. During WWII there were 1.5M observers at 14,000 coastal observation posts. That program ended in 1944. During the Cold War, we had a lousy air defense radar system for a while so they restarted the program to augment that system. The program grew from 200K participants to over 750K. The program ended in 1958 when we got some decent radar installed. Read more if you like. At first the Indians didn't mind people migrating west. Eventually, when the line went from a trickle to a steady stream, they got a little pissed off about it since the emigrants were overgrazing traditional Indian lands along the way and generally becoming an imposition on the tribes. To combat the intrusion, Indians sometimes preyed on stragglers and plundered their goods in what could be considered terrorist attacks. In 1861, a family of seven was killed near Soda Springs. Follow on travelers found their bodies, held a funeral for them, and put all seven family members in their wagon box as a grave. Today, the site of the wagon box grave is marked by a stone. We went looking for the ghost town of Conda which once had been a thriving community and mine. Not much left now. What was left was behind the wire. Conda once even had commuter rail (of sorts) between there and Soda Springs. Now there is a pipeline boosting station there. There are five major companies operating phosphate mines or processing plants around Soda Springs. 45% of US phosphate reserves are in this area. Mining is now done using open pits. Restoring the land is begun immediately after mining in an area is complete. Phosphate is used in a wide variety of products including fertilizer, plastic, toothpaste, enamels, soda pop and fire retardant. Hooper Spring is just outside town. There are some other big springs around as well. I think it has a little of that famous fizz to it. Back in the day. What is in that water you ask? With bandits and Indians posing a threat to travelers, the Army was called to provide security and patrol the emigrant trails. In 1863 some troops were stationed here for a while. Camp Connor had about 300 troops here but after a few years Soda Springs was able to take care of itself so they were stationed elsewhere.