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. When you're in town, take a soak in the natural mineral pools at Spa Hot Springs. White Sulphur Springs is located near the Smith River Canyon, a premier scenic and fishing river. Camping, hiking, and hunting opportunities are also found in abundance in White Sulphur. For winter recreation, visit the Showdown Ski area, located 25 miles north of White Sulphur Springs in Neihart. Relaxed and uncrowded, Showdown is a friendly, down-home ski area. Showdown offers 1,400 vertical feet of tree-lined trails and open slopes.