I recently had opportunity to do some work in Soda Springs, ID. I had not previously been there and found it a nice small town. The name comes from the fact that there are many springs in the area that are carbonated, like soda water. The Oregon trail passed through there and many people stopped to drink of the bubbly water. I was able to visit the geyser, Octagon springs, Hooper Springs and Pavillion springs. I was amazed at the number of people that stopped by Hooper Springs to see the water. Some of them even dared to taste it. I drank from the springs and the water reminded me of Güitig, a naturally bubbly beverage from Ecuador. I recommend a visit to anyone who happens to be within a hundred miles or so.
While there I stayed at the Ender Museum and Hotel. The name is what reminded me of the book Ender's Game and which I subsequently read. The hotel is not named for the book, I think it might be in reverse actually but that is my supposition and Orson Card would be the one in the know. The hotel is a beautiful structure that has been completely restored. The museum, which occupies much of the 2nd floor, is full of items from the history of Soda Springs. I found it fascinating.