Our Past

Philipsburg was founded in 1867 and grew rapidly at a “rate of one house a day,” and by year’s end had reached a population of about 1,500 residents. At the height of its prosperity, Philipsburg enjoyed the mining boom of the late 1800s, and today honors that past. We pride ourselves on our rich sense of history and our offerings for outdoor enthusiasts, miners, shoppers, vacationers, and those who want to get away and relax in the surrounding mountains. Come see for yourself why Philipsburg was chosen as one of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation!