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The LaRue-Hot Springs Museum
In 2005 several Hot Springs residents came together to discuss the possibility of creating a Museum for the Hot Springs area. Our intent was, and Is, to create an environment to display artifacts from the Bitterroot Valley to the Camas Prairie, and beyond. We have collected items of interest from the time prior to Homesteading the Flathead Reservation (1910-1911). Memories of the Salish and KootenaiTribes are here, as well as examples of equipment used in Homesteading and ranching.
By 2007, our small museum group applied for, and received our non profit status. We had our goals and our purpose. Our Board and Officers were elected and we began to sell memberships and acquire inventory.
Harold and Betty LaRue, lifetime residents of Hot Springs, made the decision to be the Museum's patron. They donated the two acres for the museum site, (on the Hot Springs Road, leading into town), and they donated $80,000 dollars to build the structure and provide the services needed for the fledgling building. Hence The LaRue-Hot Springs Museum was born!
Officially we opened in June of 2008. We have been open every Memorial day through Labor day, being open as many days a week as we can staff. Several members live near the museum and are happy to conduct tours if pre-arrangements are made.
Admission is FREE. If you would like to check into OPEN days and hours, for this season, please call, AFTER MAY 18, 2012, and leave your message. (406) 741-5665.
Currently there are no picnic areas on the property. We hope to remedy that
situation soon, along with construction of outside displays of horse drawn equipment used in the area. There IS a public restroom located inside the Handicapped accessible museum.
From the North and South, red and white Burma Shave like signs dot the side of the highway. Each sign announces the many businesses that call Hot Springs home.
This is just one of the incentives that the Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce offers its members, highway advertising. The Chamber also encourages each business to participate in our latest Web site, to announce to outside viewers, and locals alike, what each business has to offer to the consumer.
Our Chamber of Commerce, as in all cities and towns, of various sizes and descriptions, offers the members a meeting forum. At our monthly meetings, members of the Professional and Business community unite for the purpose of community improvement and development.
The primary purpose of the Chamber is to be the voice of business", but it goes beyond that to reflect the feelings and the needs of the residential community as well.
For more information, please call (406) 741-2662. Leave any request, and your call will be returned by alive person!
About the Hot Springs, Montana
Hot Springs is a friendly community of roughly 600 inhabitants. It was named for the "big medicine" hot mineral springs discovered by the northwest Indian tribes and enjoyed by residents and visitors ever since. Maybe you've had a long day driving, a full day of vacationing, or just want to get away for a weekend of soothing relief from those nagging aches and pains that come from the stresses of modern life. As a full service community, Hot Springs is the perfect spot to enjoy healthy relaxation in a peaceful environment.
Our Hot Mineral Springs
The healing waters of Hot Springs have drawn people from as far away as Finland and Taiwan, to a leisurely and peaceful vacation in Montana's western mountains. The H Hill Hot Springs Montana 406-721-2262Many revisit on a regular basis, enjoying the benefits and relief that the natural hot mineral waters bring in the treatment of arthritis, skin diseases, rheumatism, stomach ulcers, high blood pressure and many other kinds of ailments. There are several privately owned facilities that offer indoor bathing and hot tubs. You will also find a new outdoor hot mineral water swimming pool.
What You Can Expect to Find
In Hot Springs opportunities for privacy, quietness, relaxation, and recreation abound. Many lakes, streams, and rivers provide excellent fishing for the novice and expert angler. Easy walking or tough climbing trails can be found at the edges of town in all directions, and wildlife frequently wander the streets. In addition, numerous sightseeing, boating, skiing and hunting areas are within easy driving range. Nearby attractions include a tour of the National Bison Range at Moiese, a visit to the historical St. Ignatius Mission Church, scenic Glacier National Park, and Flathead Lake with its cherry orchards.
Where to find us.
One of Montana's hidden treasures, this community is located in northwestern Montana tucked away at the foot of the Cabinet Mountains, just about mid-way between Kalispell (60 miles) and Missoula (80 miles), in eastern Sanders County. Turn off Highway 200 at Plains or Highway 93 at Elmo, onto the short, but scenic, Highway 28. Another way to reach us is by a small aircraft landing strip located a short distance from town.