Philipsburg, Montana

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Philipsburg, Montana
Town
Location of Philipsburg, Montana
Location of Philipsburg, Montana
Coordinates: 46°19′59″N 113°17′48″W / 46.33306°N 113.29667°W / 46.33306; -113.29667Coordinates: 46°19′59″N 113°17′48″W / 46.33306°N 113.29667°W / 46.33306; -113.29667
Country United States
State Montana
County Granite
Area[1]
 • Total 0.80 sq mi (2.07 km2)
 • Land 0.80 sq mi (2.07 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 5,243 ft (1,598 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 820
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 844
 • Density 1,025.0/sq mi (395.8/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 59858
Area code(s) 406
FIPS code 30-57175
GNIS feature ID 0788813
High-grade Gold ore, Gold Coin Mine, Philipsburg, Montana

Philipsburg is a town in and the county seat of Granite County, Montana, United States.[4] The population was 820 at the 2010 census. The town was named after the famous mining engineer Philip Deidesheimer, who designed and supervised the construction of the ore smelter around which the town originally formed.[5]

Geography[edit]

Philipsburg is located at 46°19′59″N 113°17′48″W / 46.33306°N 113.29667°W / 46.33306; -113.29667 (46.333108, -113.296564).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.80 square miles (2.07 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 820 people, 413 households, and 217 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,025.0 inhabitants per square mile (395.8/km2). There were 547 housing units at an average density of 683.8 per square mile (264.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.8% White, 0.1% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.

There were 413 households of which 16.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.0% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 47.5% were non-families. 40.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.9% 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 2.53.

The median age in the town was 54.4 years. 14.8% 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; 34.2% were from 45 to 64; and 29.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 49.1% male and 50.9% female.

Economy[edit]

Since the closure of local mines and sawmills in the 1980's the town's future was uncertain. The surrounding county is home to more than 24 ghost towns of former mining and timber towns. However the 1990's saw a wave of newcomers purchasing and restoring the numerous buildings in the town's historic district. These included several retailers who expanded on the popularity of sapphire hunting in gravel from the nearby Sapphire Mountain range. The Sweet Palace candy store opened in 1998 and became a regional tourist destination. In 2003 the historic Broadway Hotel was reopened and numerous other lodging operations followed.

Philipsburg Brewing Company is the town's newest major employer and tourist attraction. After opening in 2012, it has won multiple national microbrewing awards.[7] The company recently purchased and is renovating the Montana Silver Springs Water Plant located on the eastern edge of town. This will significantly increase the breweries capacity beginning in the summer of 2015.

The Ranch at Rock Creek opened in 2007, and is a large nearby employer 15 minutes from town. It is a luxury ranch for celeberties and the well-to-do.[8]

Project Vote Smart is located approximately 25 miles from Philipsburg. It annually attracts interns to work on its elected official data base and many of the oganization's employees live in Philipsburg.[9]

Climate[edit]

Philipsburg's climate transitions between semi-arid (Köppen BSk) and humid continental (Köppen Dfb). Winters are long and dry, but relatively mild, while summers are warm and distinctly wetter.

Climate data for Philipsburg, Montana
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 64
(18)
64
(18)
72
(22)
80
(27)
90
(32)
94
(34)
98
(37)
98
(37)
93
(34)
86
(30)
73
(23)
62
(17)
98
(37)
Average high °F (°C) 32.9
(0.5)
37.4
(3)
44.1
(6.7)
52.6
(11.4)
60.8
(16)
69.3
(20.7)
77.7
(25.4)
77.9
(25.5)
67.9
(19.9)
57.3
(14.1)
40.9
(4.9)
33.1
(0.6)
54.33
(12.39)
Daily mean °F (°C) 23.5
(−4.7)
27.2
(−2.7)
33.2
(0.7)
40.0
(4.4)
47.3
(8.5)
54.7
(12.6)
60.3
(15.7)
59.9
(15.5)
51.3
(10.7)
42.8
(6)
30.8
(−0.7)
23.6
(−4.7)
41.22
(5.11)
Average low °F (°C) 14.1
(−9.9)
17.0
(−8.3)
22.2
(−5.4)
27.3
(−2.6)
33.7
(0.9)
40.0
(4.4)
42.8
(6)
41.8
(5.4)
34.7
(1.5)
28.2
(−2.1)
20.6
(−6.3)
14.0
(−10)
28.03
(−2.2)
Record low °F (°C) −37
(−38)
−38
(−39)
−23
(−31)
0
(−18)
8
(−13)
21
(−6)
25
(−4)
21
(−6)
5
(−15)
−9
(−23)
−30
(−34)
−38
(−39)
−38
(−39)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.58
(14.7)
0.51
(13)
0.88
(22.4)
1.47
(37.3)
2.56
(65)
2.18
(55.4)
1.35
(34.3)
1.62
(41.1)
1.48
(37.6)
1.08
(27.4)
0.72
(18.3)
0.59
(15)
15.02
(381.5)
Source #1: NOAA (normals, 1971–2000) [10]
Source #2: The Weather Channel (Records) [11]

Cultural references[edit]

Philipsburg is notable for being the setting and subject of the poem "Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg" by celebrated Northwest poet Richard Hugo.

Scarlett Johansson (actress) quietly married boyfriend French journalist Romain Dauriac on October 1, 2014.

Philipsburg won the 2015 Sunset Magazine Award for "Best Municipal Makeover," beating out entrants that included Reno, Nevada and Sacramento, California [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  5. ^ Don Spritzer (1999) Roadside History of Montana, Missoula, Montana: Mountain Press, ISBN 0-87842-395-8, p.220-222.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ http://www.philipsburgbrewingcompany.com/
  8. ^ http://www.theranchatrockcreek.com/the-ranch/history/
  9. ^ http://votesmart.org/
  10. ^ "Climatography of the United States NO.81" (PDF). National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved January 15, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Monthly Averages for Philipsburg, MT". The Weather Channel. Retrieved January 15, 2011. 

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