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  • Local Businesses

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  • Go Gem Mining!

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  • Opera House

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  • Go Fishing!

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  • Downtown

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Philipsburg was named after the inventor of square-set mine timbering, Philip Deidesheimer. His first name was easier to say than his last. The town was often referred to as "The Burg." Philipsburg was settled in 1866 as a trading center for the various nearby settlements.

Philipsburg is famous silver country and another exceptional camp that still lives. Here was the Hope Mill, the first silver mill in Montana, which doubled as a fort. A mile away is Granite, the greatest silver producer of all.

The 1890s mining town has been renovated into a National Historic Business District. Quaint shops, walking or auto tours, and guides into the ghost towns are available.

Philipsburg was a town selected by the Governor as Montana's First Tourism Community of the Year and also has been given recognition as one of the nation's Prettiest Painted Places. The state's oldest operating school, jail and opera house are part of a walking tour of remarkable architecture. Explore Granite Ghost town, prospecting for sapphires, indulging your sweet tooth at a grand candy store, The Sweet Palace.

A popular recreation area, Georgetown Lake is 10 miles from Philipsburg and offers a beautiful mountain setting, fishing, boating, and camping. Visit the Granite County Museum and Mine Exhibit, home of the Ghost Town Hall of Fame. Convienantly located nearby is Discovery Ski Area with beautiful views and uncrowded slopes.

Elevation: 5,270 feet

  Philipsburg Chamber

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