Philipsburg Opera House Theatre Company Review
Posted on 02 May 2010 by admin
Philipsburg is easily one of our favorite towns in Montana, and it’s not just the people that make it such a wonderful destination, as much as the myriad attractions available in town. One such example is the Opera House Theatre Company, home to the Philipsburg Players.
The building itself is 119 years old, and it has been lovingly restored at least a few times over the years. It’s a building so grand and amazing you almost wonder what motivated the original owners to build it in the first place.
Well as it happens, Philipsburg was a silver town at a time when it was big, big business. The nearby ghost towns of Granite and Kirkville tell the story better than I ever could, but when the United States based its monetary system on reserves of silver, there was huge motivation to mine more and more of it, as it was the easiest way to increase the nation’s total wealth.
No need to raise taxes, just dig up more silver, trade it out with paper money, throw it in the reserve and there you go. Cities like Philipsburg, rich in silver deposits, literally had a license to print money, and by the shovels and buckets, they did just that.