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Remembering the Two Minutes That Weiser Went Quiet: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

The Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 is one of those events for which everyone will remember where they were. For approximately 15,000 people, that “where” was right here in our small town of Weiser, Idaho, a town of only 5,500 residents. Weiser was directly situated in the path of totality for the first solar eclipse to cross North America from coast-to-coast since 1918.


While the total solar eclipse was visible from a wide region of the country, only those in the path of totality, where the moon covered 100% of the sun, could see the entirely blacked-out sun. Eclipse-chasers from around the world flocked to cities in the path.


The Idaho Transportation Department stated that there were 30,000 more cars than usual clogging up state roads on August 21. For about two minutes, as the moon passed over the sun, all of Weiser stopped to stare up at the sky.


Mark your calendar for April 8, 2024, when the next total solar eclipse will be visible from the United States. This eclipse will pass south-to-north on a path from Texas to Maine.


At Hometown Motors, we have a wide and versatile selection of excellent road-tripping vehicles. Come test drive one of our Jeep® SUVs or RAM® trucks that are perfect for chasing the 2024 total solar eclipse or just embarking on a weekend wilderness trip.

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