Philipsburg, Montana

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Philipsburg, Montana
Town
Sayrs Building (1888),  Broadway. 2018 photo
Sayrs Building (1888), Broadway. 2018 photo
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 (2016)[3] 920
 • Density 1,000/sq mi (400/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code 59858
Area code(s) 406
FIPS code 30-57175
GNIS feature ID 0788813

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]

Granite County Jail (1896) in Philipsburg

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]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880299
18901,058253.8%
1900995−6.0%
19101,10911.5%
19201,72455.5%
19301,300−24.6%
19401,3040.3%
19501,048−19.6%
19601,1075.6%
19701,1281.9%
19801,1380.9%
1990925−18.7%
2000914−1.2%
2010820−10.3%
Est. 2016920[3]12.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[7][8]
2015 Estimate[9]

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]

High-grade Gold ore, Gold Coin Mine, Philipsburg, Montana

Since the closure of local mines and sawmills in the 1980s 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 1990s 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.

Major industries in Philipsburg are Accommodation and Food Service, Educational Services, Healthcare and Social Assistance.[10] The main job fields are Service, Management, Business, Science and Arts, Sales and Office.[11]

The Ranch at Rock Creek is Philipsburg's largest private employer.[12] It is a luxury ranch, opened in 2007 and located 15 minutes from town, for celebrities and the well-to-do.[13]

Other major employers in Philipsburg are the tavern Sunshine Station in the historic part of town, as well as the construction and earthmoving Mungas Company.[12]

Philipsburg Brewing Company opened 2012 in the historical Sayrs Building,[14] and expanded in 2015 to the Silver Springs Brewery on the eastern edge of town.

Project Vote Smart was located approximately 25 miles from Philipsburg for 16 years. It annually attracted interns to work on its elected official database and many of the organization's employees lived in Philipsburg. After the 2016 presidential election, Vote Smart relocated to Des Moines, Iowa.[15]

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)
54.3
(12.4)
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)
41.2
(5.1)
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
(−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) [16]
Source #2: The Weather Channel (Records) [17]

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.

Actress Kate Bosworth married American director Michael Polish in Philipsburg on August 31, 2013.[18] Actress Scarlett Johansson married boyfriend French journalist Romain Dauriac in Philipsburg on October 1, 2014. Kate Bosworth and Scarlett Johansson appeared together in the 1998 film The Horse Whisperer, much of which was shot in Montana.

Philipsburg won the 2015 Sunset Magazine Award for "Best Municipal Makeover," beating out entrants that included Reno, Nevada and Sacramento, California.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  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. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Census & Economic Information Center". Retrieved July 3, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on October 19, 2016. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 
  10. ^ Data USA: Philipsburg, MT - Economy
  11. ^ Data USA: Philipsburg, MT - Occupations
  12. ^ a b Local Area Profiles, Granite County: "2016 Top Private Employers"
  13. ^ "Montana Ranch Resort - History - The Ranch at Rock Creek". 
  14. ^ "Philipsburg Brewing Company". Philipsburg Brewing Company. 
  15. ^ Gazette, ANNIE PENTILLA For The. "Nonprofit election tracker Project Vote Smart to leave Philipsburg". 
  16. ^ "Climatography of the United States NO.81" (PDF). National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved January 15, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Monthly Averages for Philipsburg, MT". The Weather Channel. Retrieved January 15, 2011. 
  18. ^ Chi, Paul (August 31, 2013). "Kate Bosworth Marries Michael Polish". People.com. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Best Municipal Makeover/Reinvention - Sunset Magazine - Sunset Magazine". www.sunset.com. 

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