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Scobey
Daniels County Courthouse in Scobey
Location of Scobey, Montana
Location of Scobey, Montana
Coordinates: 48°47′27″N 105°25′12″W / 48.79083°N 105.42000°W / 48.79083; -105.42000Coordinates: 48°47′27″N 105°25′12″W / 48.79083°N 105.42000°W / 48.79083; -105.42000
Country United States
State Montana
County Daniels
Area
 • Total 0.74 sq mi (1.91 km2)
 • Land 0.74 sq mi (1.91 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
2,467 ft (752 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 999
 • Density 1,350.00/sq mi (523.04/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
59263
Area code(s) 406
FIPS code 30-66925
GNIS feature ID 0776297

Scobey is a city in and the county seat of Daniels County, Montana, United States. The population was 999 at the 2020 census.

Scobey is known for its bird and big game hunting. The nearby Mansfield A. Daniels House is listed on the NRHP.

History

The city was named by local rancher Mansfield Daniels, after whom Daniels County is named, for his friend Major Charles Richardson Anderson Scobey, a cattleman from the Glendive area who served as a Montana Territory legislator and an Indian agent at Fort Peck and Poplar.

"During the height of the homestead boom in the 1910s," according to historical marker author Bob Fletcher, "Scobey was the largest primary shipping point of grain in the world."

Geography

Scobey is located at 48°47′27″N 105°25′12″W / 48.790955°N 105.419925°W / 48.790955; -105.419925 (48.790955, -105.419925).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.76 square miles (1.97 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 1,170
1930 1,259 7.6%
1940 1,311 4.1%
1950 1,628 24.2%
1960 1,726 6.0%
1970 1,486 −13.9%
1980 1,382 −7.0%
1990 1,154 −16.5%
2000 1,082 −6.2%
2010 1,017 −6.0%
2020 999 −1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,017 people, 472 households, and 252 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,338.2 inhabitants per square mile (516.7/km2). There were 600 housing units at an average density of 789.5 per square mile (304.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.9% White, 0.1% African American, 2.5% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 472 households, of which 22.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.1% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 46.6% were non-families. 41.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 22.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size was 2.84.

The median age in the city was 49.9 years. 21.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.2% were from 25 to 44; 27.8% were from 45 to 64; and 28.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.

Climate

Scobey experiences a semi-arid climate (Köppen BSk) with long, cold, dry winters and short, hot, wetter summers.

Climate data for Scobey, Montana
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 60
(15.6)
65
(18.3)
76
(24.4)
85
(29.4)
98
(36.7)
106
(41.1)
110
(43.3)
107
(41.7)
99
(37.2)
95
(35)
75
(23.9)
56
(13.3)
110
(43.3)
Average high °F (°C) 19.3
(-7.06)
27.7
(-2.39)
39.4
(4.11)
56.3
(13.5)
68.1
(20.06)
77.0
(25)
81.6
(27.56)
82.3
(27.94)
70.5
(21.39)
56.7
(13.72)
36.0
(2.22)
23.8
(-4.56)
53.23
(11.792)
Daily mean °F (°C) 7.9
(-13.39)
16.6
(-8.56)
28.0
(-2.22)
41.9
(5.5)
53.4
(11.89)
62.4
(16.89)
66.4
(19.11)
65.8
(18.78)
54.1
(12.28)
42.4
(5.78)
24.3
(-4.28)
12.5
(-10.83)
39.64
(4.245)
Average low °F (°C) −3.6
(-19.78)
5.5
(-14.72)
16.6
(-8.56)
27.5
(-2.5)
38.6
(3.67)
47.8
(8.78)
51.1
(10.61)
49.3
(9.61)
37.7
(3.17)
28.1
(-2.17)
12.6
(-10.78)
1.1
(-17.17)
26.03
(-3.319)
Record low °F (°C) −48
(-44.4)
−45
(-42.8)
−38
(-38.9)
−9
(-22.8)
12
(-11.1)
23
(-5)
35
(1.7)
28
(-2.2)
10
(-12.2)
−13
(-25)
−34
(-36.7)
−43
(-41.7)
−48
(-44.4)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.26
(6.6)
0.14
(3.6)
0.54
(13.7)
0.83
(21.1)
1.72
(43.7)
3.02
(76.7)
2.13
(54.1)
1.64
(41.7)
0.88
(22.4)
0.65
(16.5)
0.34
(8.6)
0.33
(8.4)
12.48
(317)
Source #1: NOAA (normals, 1971–2000)
Source #2: The Weather Channel (Records)

Education

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

Daniels County Library is located in Scobey.

Infrastructure

Scobey Airport is a public airport located one mile (2 km) northwest of town.

Notable people

  • Kenneth Arnold, businessman and pilot who made the first widely publicized UFO sighting, grew up here.
  • Alvin Straight, who inspired The Straight Story, was born here.
  • Henry Schauer, World War II Medal of Honor recipient, grew up in rural Scobey and enlisted in the Army from here, a member of the "Lucky 13" group of enlistees. He lived and worked in the area for many years after the war. Schauer was also a resident of Anaconda and his name is on a plaque there at the American Legion.
  • Ronald Marlenee, former Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Montana. Marlenee is a native of the area and his family continues to farm some miles North of Scobey.
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