Welcome! We have a variety of books primarily pertaining to mining camps and abandoned towns throughout the West. Learn about mining rushes, transportation (roads, railroads, stagecoaches, early autos), and other factors that caused towns to spring up in specific locations. Find out what life was really like for the residents of these towns as they boomed and then slowly faded into ghost towns. Local newspapers covered gunfights, fires, mining disasters, blizzards, and mining frauds as well as the social activities that created a sense of community.
The only Western Places monograph is Montana Mining Camps, which is basically a menu of interesting places to write about. A publication on Phillipsburg may be in the works. If you have documents or photos from Phillipsburg that could be used in this monograph, we would like to hear from you. If you have a particular interest and would like to help develop a publication on any other town in Montana that has an interesting history, please contact us.