Springs is a small community in Deer Lodge County, Montana located
just off I-90 near Anaconda. The Warm springs post office opened in
1871. Luther Barnard was the postmaster. Warm Springs was named for
the nearby hot water springs. Hot water seeps from a limestone
cone that is about 40 feet high. Native Americans called this the
"Lodge of the Whitetailed Deer" giving the Deer Lodge Valley
Montana State Hospital, also known as Warm Springs, is located at Warm
Springs. It was founded by the Territorial Government of Montana in
1877. Over the years the hospital operated under a variety of names
including Mitchell and Mussigbrod, Insane Asylum of the State of
Montana, Montana State Hospital for the Insane, Montana State Insane
Asylum, Montana State Hospital, and Warm Springs State Hospital.
1910 a constitutional amendment was passed allowing the state to
acquire the asylum. Negotiations were begun and on December 1, 1912,
the Warm Springs Hospital became a state institution. It is the only
long term psychiatric hospital operated by the state of Montana.