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Lava Hot Springs

Long before white men discovered these
springs, Sept. 9, 1812, Indians gathered
here to use the free hot water.

Except when they found hot springs, pre-historic Indians
had a hard time getting hot water. They wove water-
tight baskets into which they put heated rocks.
Here they had plenty of hot water for baths and
for processing hides without going to all the
work of heating baskets. This was one of their
major campgrounds, especially in winter. After
1868, when they began to stay mostly on
the Fort Hall Indian reservation, this spot
lost its importance as a winter camp.

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