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Hooper Springs

Nearly 200 years ago, American indians, fur trappers and thirsty pioneers traveling along the Oregon Trail, had already discovered the unique bubbling springs around the area of what is now know as Soda Springs, Idaho. It was praised for it's many health benefits and natural carbonation. Salt Lake City, Utah, banking entrepreneur and mormon pioneer, W. H. Hooper built a summer home near the one of the springs. And soon after, in 1882 the railroad was built. What is now know as Hooper Springs, became nationally known and a popular destination for visitors to come and try the water.

In 1887, The Natural Mineral Water Co. set up shop in Soda Springs and began bottling the water. They called it "Idanha." (Some claim the name is an Indian word meaning something like “spirit of healing waters.”) They shipped the water to large U.S. markets and foreign countries. It even won first prize at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, and again at the World's Fair in Paris in 1900 (a few years after the plant burned down in 1895 and was rebuilt). The company eventually disolved after popularity "fizzled out." But, tourists still come to Soda Springs to this day to taste the free water at Hooper Springs.

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019

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