About Our Community

Philip is situated between the major business hub of Rapid City 90 miles to the west, and the state government center of Pierre 90 miles to the east. Our 800 residents enjoy the safety and friendliness of a small town, with the Badlands, Black Hills, Mount Rushmore, five national parks, and gaming in historic Deadwood just a short drive away. Philip is a full-service community with all the amenities you expect:

  • Excellent school system
  • Swimming pool & playground
  • High-speed Internet service
  • Weekly newspaper
  • Nine-hole golf course
  • Six churches, multiple denominations
  • Retail and service businesses
  • Library
  • Movie theater
  • Police, fire, & emergency service

History of Philip

Philip was laid out in 1907 when the Chicago and North Western Railway was extended to that point. It was incorporated in 1908. In 1914, Philip was designated seat of the newly formed Haakon County. The city was named for James “Scotty” Philip; the local high school mascot is the Scotch terrier, or “Scottie”, in his honor.

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