By Rick and Susie Graetz
Univ. of Montana Office of Research & Creative Scholars 

This is Montana: Philipsburg and the Flint Creek Valley: Silver and Sapphires


Last updated 12/8/2020 at 8:18pm

Rick and Susie Graetz

Philipsburg from the southwest.

In the 1860s, as large deposits of gold, silver, copper, and other valuable minerals were discovered in Granite County, many mining settlements sprung up along creek beds and mountainsides. As a reminder of that frenzied search for prosperity, today, 24 ghost towns are left scattered throughout the county. The town of Philipsburg, founded in 1867 and named for Peter Deiesheimer, is the lone sur...

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