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Philip is located in Haakon County, on the Western South Dakota prairie, within driving distance to famous tourist attractions such as Mount Rushmore, Custer National Park, and Badlands National Park.  

In 2007 Philip celebrated its 100th birthday, paying homage to the pioneers that endured to build this thriving town.  Some of the history of Philip includes:

James (Scotty) Philip
- The town's namesake - the man who saved the buffalo from extinction. 

During the summer of 2011, the Scotty Philip Memorial Wagon Train began from Philip July 17 on its way to Ft. Pierre!  What a great event this was, commemorating the100th anniversary of our town's namesake!

Haakon County
 - Named in 1905 after King Haakon VII of Norway.  Many of the pioneers in the area were of Scandinavian descent.

Historic Sites - Places of importance and commemoration in the Philip area


On your way to downtown Philip you will pass the Old Schoolhouse Park, complete with an old country school and an historic cabin.

Visit the end of Main Street downtown to see Philip's Lasting Legacy.

  Click here to see a list of people whose names are engraved on the Lasting Legacy Wall.

Click on the links above to explore more about the history of Philip, South Dakota!


Philip Demographic and Location Information

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