Every town has a history. Gilbert has roots of being a farming community long before it evolved into the city we know today. Here are some fun things to know:
- In 1902, the Arizona Eastern Railway requested for land donations to build a rail line between Phoenix and Florence. A rail siding was established on property owned by William “Bobby” Gilbert. The town was eventually named after the farmer.
- This town was once known as the “Hay Shipping Capital of the World”. It was an agricultural depot and the access to the railway could easily ship hay especially to the surrounding towns of Chandler, Mesa, and Phoenix.
- Gilbert is currently the most populous incorporated town in the country. The last three decades has increased in population at an exponential rate due to neighboring Phoenix for job opportunities. According to the 1980 census, 5,717 people took up residence in Gilbert. Compare those numbers to 208,453 in 2010. Talk about a population boom! And in 2005, it was listed as one of the safest cities in America.
- The Gilbert Historical Museum has reports of being haunted with after-hours residents. The century-old building has been visited by paranormal investigators to further look into mysterious giggles and creaks. This community was once a part of the Wild West so lots of history are on these grounds.
- Joe’s Real BBQ is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. The owners strived to give patrons a feel of a BBQ joint set in the 1940’s with an ambience to honor that time era. When the restaurant opened in 1995, they bought the current building built in 1929 that was originally a Safeway Pay’n’Takit.
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