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Flaxville, Montana
RY Trail Bar in downtown Flaxville, 2010
RY Trail Bar in downtown Flaxville, 2010
Location of Flaxville, Montana
Location of Flaxville, Montana
Country United States
State Montana
County Daniels
 • Total 0.08 sq mi (0.20 km2)
 • Land 0.08 sq mi (0.20 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
2,782 ft (848 m)
 • Total 63
 • Density 787.50/sq mi (315.00/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 406
FIPS code 30-26800
GNIS feature ID 0771463

Flaxville is a town in Daniels County, Montana, United States. The population was 63 at the 2020 census.


Flaxville is located at 48°48′13″N 105°10′25″W / 48.80361°N 105.17361°W / 48.80361; -105.17361 (48.803733, -105.173704), just south of the Canada–US border, at the junction of Highway 251 and Montana Highway 5.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.10 square miles (0.26 km2), all of it land.

Whitetail Reservoir, a state fishing access site, is located "7 miles north of Flaxville on Highway 511." The town's R-Y Trail Bar is named after a historic route. Lee Cook, who farms in Bengough, Saskatchewan and Flaxville, Montana, describes the RY Trail as follows:

“The road that runs from Regina down to Miles City follows Highway 34 [which becomes Highway 511 in Montana] ... (it was used) when they were doing cattle drives and things back in the day, but it’s also used by our Native Americans to come up to the turtle effigy that’s located just south east of Big Beaver, that’s a holy sight for them and they come there and they have a sweat lodge there every once in awhile and they use the port of Big Beaver.”


"Flaxville was originally founded as Boyer, about 2.5 miles southwest of where the town is now." It was named after "the Henry Boyer family at whose home the early railroad construction workers were fed." The current town was founded in 1913 following the arrival of a Great Northern Railway branch line that eventually ran from Bainville to Opheim. "The first post office was established in 1914 with Martha Bledsoe as postmaster."

The name refers to the abundance of flax grown in the area. There are grain elevators beside the railroad tracks running through town.

The town was incorporated in 1955. It is home to the Daniels County Chapter of Pheasants Forever, The Barn Theater, Country Roads Mini Horses, and the R-Y Trail Bar.

Printmaker Don Bunse (1934 - 1994), who taught at University of Montana and developed collagraphy with a group of artists, was born in Flaxville. "He was a delegate for the University of Montana in the first academic art exchange between the United States and the People's Republic of China."


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 515
1940 469 −8.9%
1950 374 −20.3%
1960 262 −29.9%
1970 185 −29.4%
1980 142 −23.2%
1990 88 −38.0%
2000 87 −1.1%
2010 71 −18.4%
2020 63 −11.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 71 people, 37 households, and 17 families residing in the town. The population density was 710.0 inhabitants per square mile (274.1/km2). There were 55 housing units at an average density of 550.0 per square mile (212.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 93.0% White, 1.4% Native American, and 5.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 37 households, of which 13.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.2% were married couples living together, 2.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 54.1% were non-families. 43.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.92 and the average family size was 2.76.

The median age in the town was 46.5 years. 15.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.5% were from 25 to 44; 36.7% were from 45 to 64; and 18.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.


Scobey Public Schools provides education for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

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