From the book "Names on the Face of Montana: The Story of Montana's Place Names," by Roberta Carkeek Cheney, first published in 1983; Seventh Printing, June 2000 by Mountain Press Publishing Company of Missoula, Montana.
"PHILLIPS COUNTY extends from the Canadian border to the Missouri River. It was organized from parts of Blaine and Valley counties in 1915 and named for Sen. Benjamin D. Phillips, who had used his influence to get Chinook named county seat of Blaine County, hoping that still another county would be created which would be named for him. Phillips was a principal owner of several mines in the Little Rockies and the Bear Paw Pool, and one of the largest sheep owners in the state; he had a vested interest in having a county tax assessor he could influence [A.J. Noyes, 'The Story of Blaine County'], PHILLIPS is one of Montana's largest counties measuring 101 X 65 miles. The broad and fertile Milk River Valley cuts through the center and contains some of the finest range grass in the state. Homesteaders plowed up the prairie grass and settled on small tracts that proved inadequate to support them through the dry years. About fifty post offices were established in the little settlements during the homestead period and all but eight have been discontinued."
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