The Larue-Hot Springs
Museum is located just outside of the town of Hot Springs on
the Flathead Indian Reservation. We are just off Highway 28
on the Hot Springs road on the way into town.
We opened our doors to the
public in 2008. Over the past years, we have continued to
collect many items donated from some of the original
families. We also have inherited several new buildings
that are now at the museum site and share the space with our
original large museum building. One building is the antique
concrete Hot Springs Jail. Another is an original "guest
cabin" identical to the many housekeeping cabins that
crowded Hot Springs with vacationers seeking healing from
the naturally occurring hot mineral water pools in the
Sharing the outside space
is a display of antique farm equipment, a logging truck, a
fire truck and several antique vehicles. We also have an
old log cabin that once did service at the lumber mill at
Dog Lake, and later it was moved into town to be a
Our meeting room has been
refurbished to be our reading and research room. Now this
room can be warm all year long, and available (weather
permitting) for those interested in family history or just
to research the growth and development in the area. Our
Historian, Gwen Nelson, has organized our wealth of antique
newspapers and magazines and personal histories. Also, she
has conducted over 25 audio/visual interviews with elderly
members of the area and reservation. If you are doing any
research, call and come out!
During the past several
years, our Hot Springs Schools have used the museum and
staff as part of their history lessons about the area. We
encourage tours of all ages, and can give the younger
generation some real insight. The museum is OPEN 12-4 pm
every Friday and Saturday from May until September.
During other months, contact Gwen Nelson at 406-741-5038 or
the museum phone (leave a message) at 406-741-5665.
We do not charge an entry
fee; we ask only for donations. We are a 501c3 organization
and rely on donations, memberships and our one fund raising
event each year. All donations are tax deductible. If you
are interested in membership, you may call either of the
above phone numbers or write LaRue-Hot Springs Museum, P. O.
Box 28, Hot Springs, MT 59845.
November, 2016 Museum Update
Please join us at the Museum on Wednesday, November 16
from 4-6 pm.
We will be honoring our local rodeo queen, Fay Poloson
Haynes. She has added to her collection of successes by
publishing TOP HAND, a book of paintings done by her
before she was sixteen years old. Her niece, author Grace
Larson, will also be there. Over the last several years,
Grace has written a number of books. Several give
interesting history about her family and sheep raising in
this area of western Montana in the early to mid 1900's. We
hope to see you there as we take the time to enjoy the work
of these two remarkable women!
Norah Potts, Executive
Director, LaRue-Hot Springs Museum