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The two RV Gypsies went to
Soda Springs, Idaho
to see a geyser erupt in the middle of the city.
September 21, 2012

USA map showing location of Idahomap of Idaho showing where Soda Springs is located
Welcome to Idaho sign

Soda Springs is a city in Caribou County, Idaho, United States, with a total area of 4.6 square miles. The city is named for the thousands of natural springs of carbonated water that are located in and around the city. The springs were well known to Native Americans and were a famous landmark along the Oregon Trail in the middle 19th century. Today the city is also known as the location of the Soda Springs Geyser, a man-made carbon dioxide generated cold water geyser.

sign: Welcome to Soda Springs
sign: Pioneer Historic Byway: Soda Springs Geyser
sign: Geyser Park
Hydraulic  Monitor at Geyser Park

Ground Observer Corps - Skywatch Post 1956-1959

history bookThe task assigned to the State of Idaho was to establish a screen of observers distributed at approximately 10 or more miles apart who were thoroughly trained in their duties, to prevent an enemy aircraft passing over the State undetected. The State's responsibility to the Air Force was to have the post in operation at all times.

Ground Observer Corps  sign
Ground Observer Corps  sign

The observers were trained volunteers consisting of an Observations Post Supervisor, a Chief Observer and 20 to 30 Ground Observers trained in spotting and reporting aircraft. An Observation Post had to be equipped with a commercial telephone within 15 seconds walking distance of the observer on duty. 28 people were required to be registered at each post. Two people were on duty at each post with a shift of two hours.

warning sign about Red Bombers

President Eisenhower encouraged Americans
to join the Ground Observer Corps

warning sign about Red Bombers
President Eisenhower encourges Americans to join the Ground Observer Corps

Soda Springs Geyser is a group of thousands of natural carbonated springs in the area of Soda Springs, Idaho. The springs were a landmark on the Oregon Trail. Soda Springs has the only captive geyser in the world. It was discovered in an attempt to find a hot water source for a swimming pool. On November 30, 1937, the drill went down 315 feet and unleashed the geyser. The extreme pressure is caused by carbon dioxide gas mixing with water in an underground chamber. It is now capped and controlled by a timer. It erupts every hour on the hour. The geyser reaches heights of 100 feet year round.

Below: Warning signs not to park car too close to the geyser, and to approach geyser at your own risk.

Warning sign not to park car too close to the geyser
Warning sign not to park car too close to the geyser

After walking past a second warning sign to approach the geyser at our own risk, the two RV Gypsies got their first look at Soda Springs Geyser.

Warning sign not to park car too close to the geyser
The two RV Gypsies get their first look at Soda Springs Geyser

The Observation Deck for the geyser

Soda Springs Geyser in Idaho

The Observation Dec
Soda Springs Geyser in Idaho

View from the Observation Deck

Soda Springs Geyser in Idaho
Soda Springs Geyser in Idaho

View of Soda Springs Geyser from the path beside the Geyser.

Soda Springs Geyser in Idaho
Soda Springs Geyser in Idaho

Different close-up views of the edges of the geyser.

close-up views of the edges of the geyser
close-up views of the edges of the geyser
close-up views of the edges of the geyser
close-up views of the edges of the geyser
close-up views of the edges of the geyser

The two RV Gypsies walked alongside the geyser to the bridge and enjoyed the view from each side of the bridge.

Walking alongside the geyser to the bridge
geyser runoff

The geyser erupts every hour on the hour. The geyser reaches heights of 100 feet year round.

The two RV Gypsies in front of the 100fot geyser eruption
The two RV Gypsies in front of the 100fot geyser eruption
Karen Duquette in front of the 100fot geyser eruption
Soda Springs Geyser erupts to 100 feet high
Soda Springs Geyser erupts to 100 feet high
Soda Springs Geyser erupts to 100 feet high
Soda Springs Geyser erupts to 100 feet high
Soda Springs Geyser erupts to 100 feet high
Soda Springs Geyser erupts to 100 feet high
geyser runoff
look below

The two RV Gypsies travelled from Idaho to Wyoming and explored the Grand Tetons National Park, plus rode a horse-drawn covered wagon to a country cookout / party and more in Jackson Hole.