Photo courtesy: Bill Kuney
Flaxville was so named because flax was about the only grain grown in this territory in the early days. The original settlement was located about 2 ½ miles southwest of the present townsite and was called Boyer. The town was moved to its present location when the Great Northern came through.(from Cheney's Names on the Face of Montana, Mountain Press Publishing Company)
As in most of these new towns along the rails, the depot was of prime importance. Flaxville prospered for several years after the railroad arrived, but the "dirty thirties" took their toll. The biggest decline in Flaxville's business community, however, came as a result of the improved transportation in the '40s and '50s as people traveled to large towns for shopping and entertainment. Farms also got larger and farmers fewer with modern equipment cutting down on necessary labor force.
Nearby attractions include the Daniels County Museum and Pioneer Town in Scobey and fishing at Whitetail Reservoir. The Fort Peck Indian Reservation is also near Flaxville. It encompasses more than 2 million acres of land just east of Fort Peck Lake and from 50 miles south of Canada to the Missouri River in the south. The reservation is home to Sioux and Assinniboine.
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