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Welcome to White Sulphur Springs, Montana
White Sulphur Springs is a city in and the county seat of Meagher County Montana, United States. The population was 939 at the 2010 census.
The center of population of Montana is located in White Sulphur Springs.
Geography and climate
White Sulphur Springs is located at 46°32′47″N 110°54′9″W /46.54639°N 110.90250°W / 46.54639; -110.90250 (46.546396, -110.902552).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.01 square miles (2.62 km2), all land.
- Dirk Benedict, actor, is from White Sulphur Springs.
- Ivan Doig, novelist, was born in White Sulphur Springs.
- Emmanuel Taylor Gordon, Harlem Renaissance singer and performer, was born, raised, and died in White Sulphur Springs.
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A Little Hot Water Put This Town on The Map
White Sulphur Springs is the county seat and was one of the original counties in Montana. White Sulphur springs was the headquarters for a county that included most of central Montana. The town was named because of the white deposits around the hot sulphur springs that were found there. (from Cheney's Names on the Face of Montana, Mountain Press Publishing Company) The hot springs have been frequented by Indians for many years. Crow Chief Plenty Coups recalled pilgrimages by warriors to the medicinal mud baths. In 1886 James Brewer stumbled onto the area as the stagecoaches rumbled through the Carroll Trail. Brewer first called the spot Brewer Springs and developed the hot springs into a stage stop and resort.
The Smith River Valley, with White Sulphur Springs as its trading center, was once the home of buffalo and later of prospectors working the Castle Mountain lead and silver mines. Since the days of Fort Logan, White Sulphur Springs has been famous for its fine cattle. (from Cheney's Names on the Face of Montana, Mountain Press Publishing Company) Weathered homes and out-buildings at the nearby ghost town of Castle are all that remain of the 1880s silver mining boom.
Visit the Castle, a prominent landmark on the hilltop overlooking the town. The gray stone chateau-style structure, furnished with antiques, was built in 1892 by Bryon Roger Sherman, and is the home of the Meagher County Museum. The Victorian landmark is made of hand-cut granite blocks hauled by oxen from the nearby Castle Mountains. The museum is complete with period furniture, mineral samples, clothing and artifacts from the region's past.
For more information on original homesteads in Meagher County visit our Historical Society page.
Opportunities for Fun
There are hundreds of things to do from here; you should make White Sulphur your “base camp.” We have one big advantage for the summer vacationer; location, location, location. From the center of Montana you can access all of the "Big Sky Country." Within a days travel you can experience; camping, hiking, fishing, rodeos, street dances, parades and much more. Our summer days are filled with spirited fun. We invite you to join in and sample some of our famous Montana hospitality.
Lodging & Dining - There are many dining and lodging choices. From a quick stop at the local "fast food" places to a nice sit down meal with adult beverages... and then there are all the options for fun and adventure:
Fishing - Pristine mountain lakes andstreams promise a bounty of cutthroat, brook, rainbow and brown trout.
Floating - The world famous Smith River is a once in a lifetime thrill. The fishing is fantastic and the scenery sublime. Reservations are required.
Camping - Whether it’s RV style or a backpacking trip the opportunities are everywhere. Stop by the Forest Service (located at 204 West Folsom) for maps, directions and advice.
Hiking - 860 miles of trails in seven mountain ranges.From easy walks to mountain falls to week long treks to 10,000 feet; we have it all.
Mountain Biking - Catch some radical air, or a gentle cruise. Backroads, groomed trails or wilderness areas are all accessible from here.
History of the West - The "Castle" in White Sulphur provides visitors with an authentic look at the gilded age of the cattle kings and mining barons. The Bair Family Museum in Martinsdale is a tribute to the opulence of one of Montana’s greatest sheep producers. Includes several CM Russell and Sharp oil paintings and native artifacts. Both open mid May to mid September.
Touring by Car - From mountain peaks to meadows of wildflowers, photo opps abound at every compass point. Wildlife, virgin prairie and the Old West; it’s a picture paradise.
Boating - Lake Sutherlin, Newlan Creek, Martinsdale and the Bair Reservoirs all offer easy access to great boating and fishing.
Golfing - 10 courses within 100 miles of White Sulphur or the local favorite, Arrowhead Meadows open 8 to 8 daily.
Ghost Towns & Gold - Dance halls, saloons, boarding houses, outlaws, miners, saints and sinners. If only these hills could talk. Diamond City, Castle, Copperopolis, Confederate Gulch, Ubet, Fort Logan and Hughesville to name just a few.
Hot Springs - Let the hot mineral water at “The Spa”soothe, refresh and invigorate you. Guests use the pool at no extra charge. A perfect end to a perfect day.
Parades and Rodeos - Join us for Memorial Day, the 4th of July or Labor Day. A real parade kicks off the summer holidays. Cheer the kids on their floats, admire the horses and laugh at the clowns. The rodeo action can’t be beat.
Downtown - Catch up on the local news, find out where the fish are biting and sample a good old-fashioned rancher’s breakfast. Western wear, gifts, antiques, hardware, groceries,sporting goods, a drug store and more are all within an easy walk.