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Known as Pineville in the 1890s, Hot Springs was renamed for the natural hot springs in the region. Located on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Sanders County, Montana, the town developed along with another nearby small town, named Camas. As Hot Springs grew, Camas shrank and eventually disappeared, although Hot Springs was known as Camas Hot Springs for years, although that was never officially its name. In 1910, when the area began to be homesteaded, there was one active pool there, with four wooden bathtubs covered by a tent. Before long, a bathhouse was built, with seven bath rooms and eight tubs, with funds raised by the community. As the community grew, more springs were discovered or drilled, and both public and private bathhouses were built, including an elaborate one built in 1948 by the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, but it has since closed and serves only as a local landmark. A group of local residents, known as the Cam Redevelopment Company, worked for years to encourage its reopening, but the tribes refused. Hot Springs was incorporated as a town in 1929. Hot Springs is accessed through Montana Highway 28, and is south of Lonepine and northeast of Plains.

 

 

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