In September last year, 2017, the Hemsley family took our yearly excursion into the hills.
We traveled into Soda Springs to get to know the town and its sites a little better.
We made a trip to Hooper Springs Park north of Soda Springs to see what we could see.
A memory stretching from my childhood appeared. I remember going here with my Grandma when I was about 5 or 6 years old when I would go with her selling insurance for a week or so at a time. I remember this little park and the gazebo covering the spring.
We brought our cups out and we did partake of the carbonated waters from Hooper Springs.
I did a little research on Hooper Springs. This little spring has been here and advertised for over at least 160 years. Rain service reached the area in 1882 and W. H. Hooper marketed the springs nationally. Hooper was a banker and President of Zions Cooperative Mercantile Institution. He was a great advocate of Soda Springs and the soda water industry.
William Henry Hooper was born in Maryland, moved to Illinois, converted to Mormonism, and moved to Utah with the exodus. He served in Congress from Utah from 1859 to 1873 with some gaps.
He was superintendent of ZCMI from 1873 until 1877, then as President from 1877 to 1882. He was also the President of Deseret Bank from 1872 until 1882.
Hooper first came to Soda Springs about 1870. He had his own home in Soda Springs as well as Salt Lake City.
Here we came into Hooper Springs in September 2017. Photo of the Hemsley clan to prove our attendance.