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Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce, P O Box 627, Hot Springs, MT 59845
406-741-2662 email:  hscofc@hotspringsmt.net

The LaRue-Hot Springs Museum
110 Hot Springs Rd
Hot Springs, MT

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 area. 

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 residence.

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.

September 22, 2016

What is happening at the LaRue-Hot Springs Museum this fall?

Last year we were fortunate to meet Fay Haynes and her author-niece Grace Larson.  Fay was inducted into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2012.  She spent her life raising, working, and breeding horses.  For many years she worked the rodeo circuit, excelling in barrel racing and trick riding.  Now 90 years of age, she wanted a permanent "home" for her vast collection of ribbons, trophies and pictures. So we inherited the wonderful display which is a permanent part of our museum.

Last winter Fay and niece Grace uncovered some paintings of Fay's favorite things:  horses and landscape.  These pictures were done by Fay before she was 16.  We have collected 12 of her early paintings, and the book and history of each picture is being published this fall.  When it is available, we will have a gala in her honor (and Grace Larson's honor).  We will have a book signing and will have a display of Grace's books that detail early homesteading life in this area, as well as a good collection of books for sale at the museum.  We will post when Fay's picture book, Top Hand, is ready and the date and time for the gala.  We hope to see you there!

Norah Potts, Executive Director, LaRue-Hot Springs Museum



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