The 5 listed population places of the United State named Philipsburg according to the Geographic Names Information System are as follows.
# by state-county/name/[irrelevant]/feature type/county/state/lat/long/topo map name
1 of 5.Philipsburg 788813 Populated Place Granite MT 461956N 1131739W – Philipsburg
2 of 5.Phillipsburg 879270 Populated Place Warren NJ 404137N 0751125W 315 Easton
3 of 5.Brilliant 1064493 Pop Place Jefferson OH 401553N 0803734W 692 Steubenville W.
4 of 5.Philipsburg 1183662 Populated Place Centre PA 405347N 0781314W 1447 Philipsburg
5 of 5.Philipsburg 1193112 Pop Place Washington PA 400342N 0795252W 781 California
4 of the 5 are found either in Pennsylvania or just outside its border.
Placed in the appropriate spots on what I consider the now *prime* Pennsylvania-Corsica Prime overlap of RL-SL, they show up as follows. Only 1 of 5 of 5 cannot be displayed on this map, being from far away Montana in contrast to the rest.
Notice that 2 of these population places named “Philipsburg” are a variant name. One is Phillipsburg, NJ, with 2 “l”s instead of just one (see below). The other is Brilliant, Ohio, just beyond Pennsylvania’s west boundary, and immediately across the Ohio River from the narrow panhandle region of West Virginia.
There is every reason to believe that these collective Philipsburgs relate directly to Philip Dick. To start, there is the spelling of Philip in each case with one “l’ instead of the more common 2 “l”s. As a contrast to the 5 Philipsburgs, then, it’s not surprising that there will be more Phillipsburg show up in the GNIS database, 13 in fact…
Phillipsburg 182582 Populated Place Jefferson CO 393218N 1051113W 6627 Indian Hills
Phillipsburg 332653 Populated Place Tift GA 312623N 0833110W 315 Tifton West
Phillipsburg 471927 Populated Place Phillips KS 394522N 0991926W 1946 Phillipsburg North
Phillipsburg 500542 Populated Place Marion KY 372723N 0851536W 709 Spurlington
Phillipsburg 724299 Populated Place Laclede MO 373314N 0924706W 1411 Phillipsburg
Phillipsburg 879270 Populated Place Warren NJ 404137N 0751125W 315 Easton
Belmont 977517 Populated Place Allegany NY 421323N 0780204W 1391 Belmont
Phillipsburg 977520 Populated Place Orange NY 412616N 0742134W 367 Goshen
Phillipsburg 1056916 Populated Place Montgomery OH 395416N 0842406W 1037 Laura
Stone Creek 1058048 Pop Place Tuscarawas OH 402350N 0813343W 942 Stone Creek
Brilliant 1064493 Populated Place Jefferson OH 401553N 0803734W 692 Steubenville West
Phillipsburg 1202508 Populated Place Beaver PA 404136N 0801655W 725 Beaver
Phillipsburg 1343953 Populated Place Washington TX 300542N 0962201W 387 Kenney
We’ve already talked about Phillipsburg, NJ having the variant name of Philipsburg, with 1 “l” instead of 2. We’ve also mentioned Brilliant, OH, which from this list we can also tell has a variant name of Philllipsburg as well as Philipsburg, since it shows up in a search for both. The other 3 Philipsburgs from the first GNIS generated list above — MT, PA (Centre), and PA (Washington) — are instead the primary names for their respective population places.
In addition, we also see from the above list that there is even a Phillipsburg, PA in addition to the 2 Pennsylvania Phililpsburg, this coming in Beaver County.
Another oddity: this Phillipsburg, PA, the only one with 2 “l”s listed in this state, is almost on the exact same latitude as Phillipsburg, NJ also located on the Penn.-Corsica Prime map linked to above. The listed latitude of Phillipsburg, PA in Beaver County is 404136N. The listed latitude of Phillipsburg, NJ is 404137N. Very close, then.
Notice also, of course, that 1 of the 2 Philipsburgs in Pennsylvania, w/ one “l”, exists in Centre County. I think this is also meaningful, and I may go into this particular town more in a future post in what’s turning out to be a mini-series on the overall subject.
Much more could be added to the Philip Dick-Pennsylvania resonance, and will be sometime in another document. I’ll leave you for now with a possible *acausal* reason for the link of Brilliant and Philipsburg in the first GNIS list above. Perhaps the most famous article on Dick, helping to swell the cult following he richly deserved, was titled “The Most Brilliant Sci-Fi Mind on Any Planet: Philip K. Dick”, published by Rolling Stone magazine in 1975. The article was later expanded into a book.
Are ets from another planet acknowledging this “brilliance” by manipulating the names and placement of US towns? And, if so, did they perhaps not stop there and extended this geographic manipulation to the Second Life metaverse as well? Something to think about!