A block of soda is pulled from N.K. Boswell and Boswell Soda Works at Downey Lakes.
A soda lake or alkalin river is a lake on the strongly alkaline side of neutrality — in other words — a pH value above 7, typically between 9 – 12. They are characterized by high concentrations of carbonate salts, typically sodium carbonate (and related salt complexes), giving rise to their alkalinity. In addition, many soda lakes also contain high concentrations of sodium chloride and other dissolved salts, making them saline- or hypersaline lakes as well.
Downey Lakes is a lake located just 19 miles from Laramie in Albany County.