Who is the ghost walking the halls? Did he die falling down the stairs? Was he shot and killed? Or is she a prostitute who was murdered in cold blood?
The 101-year-old Enders Hotel in Soda Springs, Idaho, stayed silent, giving up no secrets when we visited this past Saturday.
Even the ancient stairs refused to live up to their age, their creaking floorboards remaining hushed as we ascended.
The pipes of the ancient boiler system did proffer forth a weak attempt at revealing long-held secrets. Yet even the soft banging echoing through the building was not enough to shed illumination on unanswered ghostly questions.
As we roamed the second floor, stories of the haunted past were quickly replaced by real-life stories of the historical past. Room after room of the Enders Hotel has been converted to a historical museum sharing the story of Soda Springs.
Soda Springs was originally known as Beer Springs because of the hundreds of natural springs of bitter tasting carbonated water. That bitter spring water gained the area notoriety as the soda water was marketed nationally after rail service reached the area in 1882. The commercial success lasted only a few years before man-made carbonation took over the market.
In the center of town roars the world’s only “captive geyser.” The geyser was discovered in 1937 while attempting to find a hot water for a swimming pool. Now capped, the geyser’s extreme pressure caused by “carbon dioxide gas mixing with water in an underground chamber” is set on a timer to erupt every hour.
Enjoy the following photo journey of our trip to the Soda Springs’ Historical Museum at the Enders Hotel. Make it to the end and you can also enjoy a short retro-style video.
Lobby of the “haunted” 98-year-old Enders Hotel in Soda Springs, Idaho.
Phone Center Switchbox.
Photos of early Soda Springs residents.
World War I footlocker of Dr. Ellis Kackley, “Best Damn Doctor in the West.”
Medical exam table.
Dr. Ezekeal Bumblins D.D.S. Dental Prices.
78 records in chest.
1800’s era ‘square’ grand piano.
1892 vintage typewriter, intended to be a “substitute for the pen.”
1940’s Emerson Table Top Radio.
Elisa and Leslie reading “Half Pint,” the story of the Dinkie Engine used in the construction of Alexander Reservoir.
Shoeshine machine capable of shining brown or blacks shoes for just 25 cents.
Early 20th Century formal and wedding dress.
Leslie exploring a child’s dollhouse.
A retro-style video created out of some of the photos.
I hope you have enjoyed exploring Soda Spring and the Enders Hotel with me.
Have a great Monday! Thanks for letting me share.
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