Whitetail Montana was our last stop on this little road trip, but I would say it was my favorite of all the tiny towns we saw! There were so many cool old buildings in this town.
This grain elevator didn't look to be in working order but the other (not pictured) one was very much in use. CP rail still comes by here!
I loved the look of this old building, especially whatever the walls were made out of!
Yet another small town gas station closed down. But where ever do these citizens get fuel for their cars?
While driving along the outskirts of town I saw the tip top of this place--it was hidden behind a double row of tall thick bushes. I couldn't see an opening to get anywhere! The entire block of property was walled off by bushes. but suddenly I spotted this little gap, a fence with no gate opened up to an amazing old school.
I ran out of the car and ducked through the overgrown gate. Suddenly I found myself in an open space with a glorious old school standing before me! I felt as though I had entered the secret garden.
I walked around listening to the silence and tried to picture this place when students still attended. And then I slipped out as silently as I had come in, relishing the short-lived experience.
I couldn't help but wonder if this wasn't one of the first buildings ever in town!
It's so old!
The old depot sure looks to be in good shape!
The main road through town...
...leads to the former post office.
I think this place was a bar at one time, looks like there was a fire.
When I first saw this amazing and unusual old building along the main road I thought it was the school...
...but it's really an interesting former company building!
"In the late thirties the Schlecter Brothers invented the power take-off-driven grain blower which revolutionized grain handling over a wide area. A factory was built and by the mid-1940s nearly every farm truck had a Whitetail Grain Blower." -travelmt.com
I love the design of this place! It's foreboding and cool and not one window I saw was broken.
Looking up the history of this building made me curious about the history of the town...
"Whitetail was established around 1911 with the coming of the homesteaders and the railroad. On a rise, just before town, you can get good photos of Whitetail sitting in the beautiful valley of Whitetail Creek. If you have fishing gear with you, a public fishing pond is located on the community's edge. The place was established around 1911 with the coming of the homesteaders and the railroad.Whitetail, it is assumed, took its name from the white-tail deer that inhabit the area." -travelmt.com
"The town is set in a beautiful valley along Whitetail Creek with a dam forming a lake on the outskirts. It was a small town before the coming of the Soo Line Railroad in 1913. The Soo Line planned to build on farther west but ended up stopping in Whitetail. The new town began to boom with numerous businesses and professional services as soon as the railroad arrived. A lot of homesteaders arrived on the Soo as the surrounding countryside became more densely populated with settlers. Local legend states that several gallons of oil were pumped out of a well in town, and this created quite a stir. Oilmen came from Wisconsin and formed the Whitetail Oil Syndicate. This resulted in the sale of all the town lots and soaring oil leases." -visitmt.com
We waved goodbye to Whitetail and went on to explore several local abandoned farms. (check the slide show!)
Goodbye Whitetail, it's been great fun exploring!
Flaxville is a tiny farming town near Canada, made up of around 70 people.
Judging by all of the elevators I would say that at least at one time, the transport of grain was very much alive and well.
Flaxville has a small, quiet main street with the typical assortment of run down (but very cool) historic buildings.
In closing, the history of this humble farming town:
"At one time, flax was the only crop grown in the area, so the name came easily. The first settlement was located 2.5 miles southwest of the present site and went by the name of Boyer. The town was moved to its present site when the Great Northern Railroad came through. The first post office was established in 1914 with Martha Bledsoe as postmaster." -travelmt.com
Madoc Montana is made up of two abandoned elevators, one abandoned school an abandoned house or two and a fully working farm. The family lives in the middle of all the abandoned buildings--cool!
This ghost town used to be called Orville Mt and still has railroad tracks (abandoned though they may be) that run by the elevators. These were part of a Great Northern branch line.
The Orville post office was open for five years from 1910-1915. The Madoc post office was open from 1915-1963, so this place has been empty for quite some time.
Elevators are one of my favorite things to photograph, along with school houses, water pumps and outhouses so as you can tell I had a lot of fun with these beautiful old elevators!
Below: an abandoned house on the property.
As I was standing outside the car on the gravel road taking pictures of the elevators, I heard Robert say "look out, the farm dog is heading straight for you." I whirled around to see this sweet friendly face smiling up at me. She followed me around and then proceeded to get into the car with me! I thought our dogs were going to have a heart attack, fortunately they were contained in the back of the car. Even though she drooled all over my leg I wanted to take her with me so much but I knew she had some farm kids to get back to (I had seen them out on the four wheeler earlier) so I had to literally force her out of the car and push her back onto the road. She was such a sweet dog, she just made my day!
We drove to the edge of this ghost "town" so I could photograph the school...
I love old schools, they are beautiful even in a state of decay. All the modern schools can't hold a candle to these abandoned prairie schools!
Eventually it was time to move on from the elevators, school and friendly farm dog. Madoc sure was a fun ghost town to photograph! I just wish I could find out more of it's history.
Scobey Montana is a cute, quaint little town near the border of Canada. No, this isn't it's main street. It's the wonderful local museum called Pioneer Town!
They have everything in Pioneer town from a vintage gas station...
...to an old theater!
And as you can see below, everything else in between. I was prepared to jump out of the car and go exploring but the place was closed down for the day :( But I wrote down the hours and am planning another trip back there just as soon as Robert can get more time off of work.
Now, this is main street Scobey!
Above is the local high school and below are street scenes from around town. Scobey is the quintessential tiny farming town and I loved every moment we spent there! The people were friendly, it was a lazy Saturday evening, cats were sunning themselves in the driveways of homes and harvest haze was in the air.
Not half an hour before Robert and I drove by this elevator and he commented on how cool it was. Why? I don't know. We just like to point out our favorite elevators to each other because if we were rich we would build our dream home inside an elevator. Anyway, we were upset to see another beautiful prairie skyscraper being torn down. This is becoming too common these days. I wish the old grain elevators could last forever! A sad end to our time in Scobey.
"Anything, everything, little or big, becomes an adventure when the right person shares it." --Kathleen Norris