• Several men sit in and near a mud bath at Hot Springs, Montana, ca. 1900. Wood poles have been lashed together to make a frame and some canvas or burlap sheets have been tied to parts of it. Courtesy of the University of Montana-Mansfield Library via Big Sky Country Digital Network.

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    Mud bath at Hot Springs
    • Date
    • 1898
    • Creator
    • Elrod, Morton J. (Morton John), 1863-1953.
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    • Several men sit in and near a mud bath at Hot Springs, Montana. Wood poles have been lashed together to make a frame and some canvas or burlap sheets have been tied to parts of it. Four men sit in the mud while four men and a young boy sit on the edg... more
      Several men sit in and near a mud bath at Hot Springs, Montana. Wood poles have been lashed together to make a frame and some canvas or burlap sheets have been tied to parts of it. Four men sit in the mud while four men and a young boy sit on the edge under the shelter. Grassy hills can be seen in the distance. less
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    • http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/CNE/1.0/.
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    • Big Sky Country Digital Network
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    • University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library

  • "Bathers at Lolo Hot Springs," ca. 1905. Courtesy of the University of Montana-Mansfield Library via Big Sky Country Digital Network.

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  • Women setting up tents at Lolo Hot Springs, Montana, ca. 1905. Courtesy of the University of Montana-Mansfield Library via Big Sky Country Digital Network.

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    Tents at Lolo Hot Springs
    • Date
    • 1904
    • Description
    • Women setting up tents at Lolo Hot Springs, Montana. Two women can be seen unfolding canvas tent tops. Two tents are set up with a third partially assembled behind the women.
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    • http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/CNE/1.0/.
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    • Big Sky Country Digital Network
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    • University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library

  • Horse-drawn carriage at Lolo Hot Springs, Montana, ca. 1905. Courtesy of the University of Montana-Mansfield Library via Big Sky Country Digital Network.

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    Lolo Hot Springs carriage
    • Date
    • 1904
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    • Horse-drawn carriage at Lolo Hot Springs. Montana. Young child can be seen sitting in the back of the carriage with a man seated up front. A woman is standing on the wheel leaning into the carriage. The rear of a horse can be seen at the edge of the ... more
      Horse-drawn carriage at Lolo Hot Springs. Montana. Young child can be seen sitting in the back of the carriage with a man seated up front. A woman is standing on the wheel leaning into the carriage. The rear of a horse can be seen at the edge of the photograph. Wooden buildings appear in the background. less
    • Standardized Rights Statement
    • http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/CNE/1.0/.
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    • Big Sky Country Digital Network
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    • University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library

Hot Springs

Hot springs are geothermally heated groundwater found in locations all over the earth. A hot spring occurs when the water is heated above body temperature and brought to the surface. The temperature of the water is attributed to how far into the crust the water travels and is heated by hot rocks. In active volcanic zones such as Yellowstone National Park, water may be heated by coming into contact with magma. The high temperatures of magma cause the water to boil or become superheated. Hot springs in volcanic areas are often at or near boiling point and are dangerous to swimmers.

Warm springs occur when hot and cold springs mix outside of volcanic areas. Because heated water can hold more dissolved solids, warm and hot springs often have a very high mineral content. Because of folklore and claimed medical value, hot springs are popular tourist destinations and locations for clinics. Some hot springs have resort areas attached to them to offer services to visitors. Bathing in hot springs is thought to help lower blood pressure, improve sleep and joint mobility, and eliminate toxins from the body.