One year after the
incorporation of Springhill and seventeen years before Montana
became a state, the original dance hall was built. It served not only the community of Springhill, but the
surrounding northern end of the Gallatin Valley. People came
miles away on horseback, by buggy, and on draft horse
drawn hay sleds to attend the weekly Saturday night dances.
There were no headlights on the transportation modes
of the day, making people travel during
daylight hours to get here, dancing
all night long,
and leaving by the light
of day. In those days, the pioneers
paid at the door for the dance and bought a
separate ticket if they wanted “lunch”
served at midnight by the ladies' club.