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Scobey is the county seat of Daniels County, Montana. Before the city was founded near the crossroads of the Wood Mountain Trail and the Outlaw Trail, the prairies were occupied by Indians who hunted buffalo there, followed by fur traders, and outlaws seeking refuge from the law. Settlers began coming into the area in 1901. Mansfield Daniels, for whom the county was named, is considered the city’s founder. He secured a post office there, and built a townsite, including a blacksmith shop, livery stable, hotel, general store, implement dealership, and saloon. His plans were for the Great Northern Railroad to extend a branch line north from the mainline in Poplar, following the Poplar River drainage to his townsite. Instead, in 1913, the Great Northern spurred its line off the main line at Bainville, near the North Dakota border, then north to Plentywood, and west toward Scobey, but terminating the line, not at the townsite that Daniels had planned, but one and a half miles northeast of it. The Scobey townsite was moved from the river bottom to the railroad, forming the new town of Scobey. The railroad, along with the promise of free homestead land, brought an influx of new settlers. During the early 1920s, Scobey was the largest primary wheat market in the United States. Its population diminished with the drought and depression of the 1930s, but rebounded through its agricultural production. Scobey is situated at the intersection of Montana Highways 13 and 248, east of Four Buttes, west of Madoc and Flaxville, and south of Saskatchewan, Canada.

 

 

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