Phillipsburg, Kansas

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Phillipsburg is a city in and the county seat of Phillips County, Kansas, United States.[3] The population was 2,668 at the 2000 census.

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History

Phillipsburg was named for politician and Civil War colonel William A. Phillips. Phillips County was named for another William Phillips, a Free-State supporter who was murdered September 1, 1856. The city was founded in 1872. The city grew rapidly in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as a result of the Rock Island railroad which went through town.

In 1951, an oil refinery was built on the north edge of town which also helped the local economy until it was closed in the late 1980s. TAMKO Building Products is now the largest manufacturer in the city. In 2007, an ethanol plant was built at the east side of Phillipsburg.

Geography

Phillipsburg is located at 39°45′19″N 99°19′20″W / 39.75528°N 99.32222°W / 39.75528; -99.32222 (39.755173, -99.322331) in northwestern Kansas on the western edge of the Smoky Hills region of the Great Plains.[4] Phillipsburg is located in the middle of Phillips County approximately 20 miles south of the Nebraska border. The city sits on the north side of Deer Creek, a tributary of the North Fork Solomon River. Plotner Creek, a tributary of Deer Creek, flows south along the western edge of the city.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km²), all of it land.

Climate

Phillipsburg lies in the transition zone between North America's humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa) zone and its humid continental climate (Köppen Dfa) zone. The average temperature for the year in Phillipsburg is 51 °F (11 °C), and the average yearly precipitation is 23.3 inches (594 mm).[5] On average, January is the coolest month, July is the warmest month, and May is the wettest month. The hottest temperature recorded in Phillipsburg was 120 °F (49 °C) in 1936; the coldest temperature recorded was -28 °F (-33 °C) in 1989.[6]

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