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The History of Hot Springs, Montana

The History of Hot Springs, Montana

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Around 1910 and the time of the first homesteading of the Camas/Hot Springs region, there was one active pool with 4 wooden bathtubs, each walled up a couple of feet and covered by a tent. A typical Saturday would see a gathering of settlers, many of whom would walk several miles to receive the waters. Soon, the springs were improved with the construction of a bathhouse with 7 bath rooms and 8 tubs. Funds for the structure were raised from the community, and the baths were available free of charge to all.

As time passed and Hot Springs grew, many more springs were discovered and/or drilled, and the area has seen many more public and private bathhouses come and go. The most grand would be the bathhouse constructed in 1948-49 by the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes. The famous indian Olympian and football star Jim Thorpe attended the dedication, and the plush appointments of the bathhouse attracted many noteworthy names from near and far. Later shuttered by the tribes, the bathhouse now serves only as a local landmark, weathered and sagging like many area homesteaders’ shacks.

Boom times in Hot Springs in the first half of the 20th century brought growth and activity to town. At one time, Hot Springs boasted several hotels, restaurants, and bar rooms. Weather in our valley is, on average, 2-4% warmer than either Kalispell or Missoula, 2.1 inches drier, and with 10-15% more sunshine, attracting the tourist trade. Other local industries such as logging, ranching, and mining kept Hot Springs thriving.

As time has passed and the town has eventually settled into a community of 600 or so, many of the area’s former industries have left Hot Springs behind. In their wake is left a curious little burg the likes of which is rapidly disappearing from the American landscape. Friendly to visitors, the people of Hot Springs, Montana will be happy to tell you why they love living here. And if you meet any regular visitors, they’ll tell you why they keep coming back.

Gorgeous natural beauty in every direction, every day. Relatively mild winters and great outdoor weather. A gateway to Flathead Lake to our north. Endless opportunities to enjoy the thermal springs. A wonderful escape for a weekend or a season, that is Hot Springs.
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Thank you! We came out busted from Glacier, and left you a message hoping for a room.

Thank you! We came out busted from Glacier, and left you a message hoping for a room. You left us a message that the key was at the door & the lights were on! Wow. We are a couple of totally rejuvenated Brazilians! Will remember this place for next time. Thanks!
- Pedro & Janaina

You have a pleasant, beautiful environment. Thank you. May 2015 ~ C, L, & P


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