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Flaxville, Montana

Posted by graywacke on March 8, 2010

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (now pretty much an every-other-day blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

Dan –  Six of my last 10 landings have been in the northern Great Plains; ND, MN, ND, KS, SD and now . . . MT; 108/89; 3/10; 2; 153.0.  Here’s my landing map, showing my proximity to Flaxville and some other small towns (although I don’t think that Madoc & Redstone would classify as “towns”):

Here’s a broader view, showing that I landed way the heck up there:

Here’s my GE shot, showing a mostly-agricultural patchwork:

Believe it or not, this was my 5th landing in the Big Muddy Creek watershed (practically making the Big Muddy a de facto river).  The Big Muddy flows to the Missouri (345th hit); on to the MM (735th hit).

I could find nothing on the history of Flaxville.  I assume it was thus named because flax was grown here.  Hmmmmm.  I don’t really know what flax is.  From Wiki:

Flax (also known as common flax or linseed) is native to the region extending from the eastern Mediterranean to India and was probably first domesticated in the Fertile Crescent.  Flax was extensively cultivated in ancient Ethiopia and ancient Egypt.  In a prehistoric cave in the Republic of Georgia dyed flax fibers have been found that date to 34,000 BC.

In addition to referring to the plant itself, the word “flax” may refer to the unspun fibers of the flax plant.

Flax is grown both for its seeds and for its fibers. Various parts of the plant have been used to make fabric, dye, paper, medicines, fishing nets, hair gels, and soap. It is also grown as an ornamental plant in gardens.

Flax seeds produce a vegetable oil known as flaxseed or linseed oil, which is one of the oldest commercial oils and solvent-processed flax seed oil has been used for centuries as a drying oil in painting and varnishing

Nutritionally, one tablespoon of ground flax seeds and three tablespoons of water may serve as a replacement for one egg in baking by binding the other ingredients together. Ground flax seeds can also be mixed in with oatmeal, yogurt or any other food item where a nutty flavor is appropriate. Flax seed sprouts are edible, with a slightly spicy flavor.

Here’s a picture of flax flowers:

Moving right along (and back to Flaxville):  Thanks to Brian’s 2006 motorcycle trip travel blog, I could get a pretty good look at Flaxville.  Brian (who’s from Palo Alto CA) has a cousin Karen and her husband Kip who have a big-time wheat farm 7 miles due south of Flaxville (about halfway between my landing and the town).

Click here for Brian’s blog.

I’ve lifted a few highlights:

This is the K-12 school in Flaxville, Montana.  It was shutdown this past year (the children get bussed an extra 12 miles to the larger town of Scobey).  Kip and his brothers attended this school, and Kip and Karen’s children also attended for several years.  At times one grade in this school might have had a single person in it, or up to 8 or 10 children in one grade.

Above are two homes for sale in Flaxville, Montana.  You can own the home on the left for $350, and the one on the right for $500, and then each year you would owe the government anther $80 or so in taxes to continue owning them.  That’s it.  No, that’s not a typo:  home ownership in the USA for $350 *TOTAL*.  Where I live in Palo Alto, California these homes would easily be worth over a million dollars each (to be torn down and build a new home on the spot).  In Palo Alto the owners might pay around $15,000 each year in taxes to continue owning it.

From Brian’s blog come the following pictures.  First, this broad landscape shot (in a grasslands area, not a wheat-growing area):

And this, of Brian’s motorcycle in downtown Flaxville:

Here’s a shot headed north into town.  Brian marked up the picture to show Kip’s grain elevators:

Here’s a shot of a storage yard for some of Kip’s farming equipment:

I got these pictures from Google Earth Panaramio, shot south of Flaxville; first this of wheat being harvested (this could be Kip’s wheat for all I know):

And this, of wheat being planted:

I’ll close with this shot of a sunset south of Flaxville:

That’ll do it. . .



© 2010 A Landing A Day

2 Responses to “Flaxville, Montana”

  1. Dave said

    Interesting. You happened to land on my great grandparents land that they homesteaded in 1917.
    There is actually quite a bit of history to the area. Scobey was at one point the largest wheat transport facility in the country – or something like that.
    Funny stuff. Fun blog.

  2. DOUG KNIGHTS said

    My mother was born here in the early 20’s. My grandfather and his brother ran a garage in town, but he moved to Oregon during WWII to work in the shipyards in Portland and never returned.

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