Phillipsburg, Kansas

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Phillipsburg, Kansas
Phillips County Courthouse (2010)
Phillips County Courthouse (2010)
Location within Phillips County and Kansas
Location within Phillips County and Kansas
KDOT map of Phillips County (legend)
Coordinates: 39°45′19″N 99°19′20″W / 39.75528°N 99.32222°W / 39.75528; -99.32222Coordinates: 39°45′19″N 99°19′20″W / 39.75528°N 99.32222°W / 39.75528; -99.32222
CountryUnited States
StateKansas
CountyPhillips
Area
 • Total1.67 sq mi (4.33 km2)
 • Land1.67 sq mi (4.33 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
1,946 ft (593 m)
Population
 • Total2,581
 • Estimate 
(2016)[3]
2,543
 • Density1,500/sq mi (600/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
67661
Area code785
FIPS code20-55675 [4]
GNIS ID0471927 [5]
WebsiteCity Website

Phillipsburg is a city in Phillips County, Kansas, United States.[6] It is also the county seat of Phillips County. In 2010, 2,581 people lived there.[7]

History[change | change source]

Phillipsburg was created in 1872. It became the county seat because it is in the middle of the county. It became county seat on July 26, 1872, but the first people did not come until Fall 1872.[8] It was named after politician and journalist William A. Phillips.[9] Phillipsburg was incorporated as a city in 1880.[10]

The first post office was created in Phillipsburg on December 23, 1872. The first postmaster was Fred A Dutton. The name of the post office was spelled Phillipsburgh until 1893.[11][12] Named in honor of John Bissel, Fort Bissel was built in 1872 to protect against possible harm from Native Americans. It closed in 1878. The Fort was rebuilt in the city park in 1962.[11] The first cemetery in the town, Close cemetery, was created on March 19, 1879 by the Fairview cemetery association. It was given to the city on June 4, 1889. A branch of the Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway was created through Phillipsburg in 1887. Also in 1887 complete telephone systems were installed in the city. A fire almost destroyed the entire town square in 1906. The current courthouse was built in 1912. "Kansas' Biggest Rodeo" was first held in 1929. It happens every year on the last weekend in July or first weekend in August.

In 1939, Consumer's Cooperative Association opened the world's first cooperative oil refinery on the north edge of town.[13] It closed in 1992.[14]

Geography[change | change source]

Phillipsburg is at 39°45′19″N 99°19′20″W / 39.75528°N 99.32222°W / 39.75528; -99.32222 (39.755173, -99.322331). It is in northwestern Kansas on the western edge of the Smoky Hills region of the Great Plains.[15] Phillipsburg is in the middle of Phillips County. It is about 20 miles south of the Nebraska border. The city is on the north side of Deer Creek, a tributary of the North Fork of the Solomon River. Plotner Creek, a tributary of Deer Creek, goes south along the western edge of the city. The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 1.67 square miles (4.33 km2). All of it is land.[1]

Weather[change | change source]

Phillipsburg's climate is either a humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cwa) or a humid continental climate (Köppen Dwa). Phillipsburg meets the criteria for a true winter dry season under the Köppen climate classification, which is a rare for its region and for the United States outside of South Florida. The average temperature for the year in Phillipsburg is 51 °F (11 °C), and the average yearly precipitation is 23.3 inches (594 mm).[16] On average, January is the coldest month, July is the hottest month. May is the wettest month. The hottest temperature ever in Phillipsburg was 120 °F (49 °C) in 1936; the coldest temperature ever was -28 °F (-33 °C) in 1989.[17]

Climate data for Phillipsburg, Kansas
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 79
(26)
86
(30)
97
(36)
102
(39)
105
(41)
114
(46)
120
(49)
117
(47)
111
(44)
100
(38)
88
(31)
83
(28)
120
(49)
Average high °F (°C) 40
(4)
46
(8)
56
(13)
66
(19)
75
(24)
87
(31)
93
(34)
91
(33)
82
(28)
69
(21)
55
(13)
41
(5)
67
(19)
Average low °F (°C) 15
(−9)
18
(−8)
28
(−2)
38
(3)
49
(9)
60
(16)
65
(18)
64
(18)
53
(12)
39
(4)
27
(−3)
17
(−8)
39
(4)
Record low °F (°C) −22
(−30)
−21
(−29)
−16
(−27)
7
(−14)
21
(−6)
40
(4)
42
(6)
37
(3)
20
(−7)
11
(−12)
−8
(−22)
−28
(−33)
−28
(−33)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.40
(10)
0.49
(12)
1.94
(49)
2.32
(59)
4.14
(105)
3.06
(78)
3.30
(84)
2.80
(71)
2.08
(53)
1.39
(35)
1.11
(28)
0.45
(11)
23.48
(595)
Source: The Weather Channel[17]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880309
1890992221.0%
19001,0081.6%
19101,30229.2%
19201,3100.6%
19301,54317.8%
19402,10936.7%
19502,58922.8%
19603,23324.9%
19703,2410.2%
19803,229−0.4%
19902,828−12.4%
20002,668−5.7%
20102,581−3.3%
2016 (est.)2,543[3]−1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[change | change source]

The 2010 census says that there were 2,581 people, 1,116 households, and 702 families living in Phillipsburg.[2]

Education[change | change source]

Phillipsburg is has the USD 325.[18]

The Phillipsburg Panthers have won the following Kansas State High School championships:

  • 2014 Boys Track & Field - Class 3A [19]
  • 2015 Football - Class 2-1A [20]

Famous people[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  7. "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
  8. Kansas State Historical Society (1916). Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Kansas State Historical Society. Kansas State Printing Plant. p. 261.
  9. Capace, Nancy (1 June 2000). Encyclopedia of Kansas. North American Book Dist LLC. p. 254. ISBN 978-0-403-09312-0.
  10. Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Volume 2. Standard Publishing Company. p. 473.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Phillipsburg Centennial Committee (1972). Phillipsburg-Phillips County Centennial, 1872-1972. Selden, Kansas: Koerperich Bookbinders.
  12. "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961". Kansas Historical Society. Archived from the original on October 9, 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  13. [cite web| url=https://www.newspapers.com/image/11622952/?terms=phillipsburg%2Brefinery%7C title=Oil Refinery's Fate Uncertain After Fire| publisher=Salina Journal| date=29 June 1982]
  14. Farmland to shut down refinery in Phillipsburg
  15. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  16. "Historical Weather for Phillipsburg, Kansas, United States of America". Weatherbase. Retrieved 2010-02-22.
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Average weather for Phillipsburg". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2010-02-22.
  18. "Phillipsburg USD 325". USD 325. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  19. "Track & Field". KSHSAA. Archived from the original on 13 November 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  20. "Football". KSHSAA. Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  21. "Who the Heck is Huck?". Kansas State University - Huck Boyd Institute. Retrieved 2016-06-16.
  22. "McCormick, Nelson B., (1847-1914)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. U.S. Congress. Retrieved 2016-06-16.
  23. "Wallace E. Pratt". American National Biography Online. Retrieved 2016-06-16.
  24. "Mark Simoneau". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-06-16.

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