Some 22 miles southeast of downtown Phoenix, is where the Gilbert City is located. Gilbert, Arizona is a quiet and simple society that has sustained its small hometown. People from this area embrace their southwest tradition and beautiful history. In 2010, Gilbert's population increased from 208,453 peopel to approximately 100% from the previous years. One of America's fastest growing communities is Gilbert. The testament to Gilbert's attraction as a family oriented town is amazing due to its constantly increasing growth.
In the mid 1900's, Gilbert City was called as Hay Capitol of the entire world because of the alfalfa hay's domination on the urban farms. The Reber family homesteaded a simple farm called Higley and Ray on the dirt roads. People constructed sheds, barns and small houses for the citizens and started working at the farm. When the Johnston family sold the house in the year 1960, the wheat and cotton were chosen to be their primary crops. The wife of Jim Johnston including himself living in Virginia decided to stay and thought that the farm they got is a perfect place to raise their boys named Paul, Steve and Joe as well as the size to build a home for a family farm.
William Gilbert (Bobby) was the one provided the land area to the Arizona Eastern Railway to build a rail line in the year 1902, between the land of Florence and Phoenix, Arizona. One of the reasons why Gilbert owes him. In 1912 the first post office was established after two years when the Ayers Grocery Store was built in Gilbert in the year 1910. The post office location moved a few times until it settled on Gilbert Road in the downtown eastside, where until today, it's still in the same place. In the year 1912, a lot of Mormons colonies traveled to Gilbert and stayed for living left Mexico because of Pancho Villa forces action. In the year 1915, Mormons started church meetings at the Gilbert Elementary School. They were organized into the Gilbert Ward in the year 1918.
A citizen living on Gilbert's primary job was farming fueled by the rail line, and construction of the Eastern and Consolidated Canals as well as Roosevelt Dam, and somehow was incorporated in July 1920. For many years, the city remained as a town of agriculture and in the year 1911 until the mid-1920s, it was known as "Hay Capital of the World"
Gilbert was awarded as 36th Best Place to Live in the nation in the year 2010. They also recognized as one of the nation's top places to learn and to live. The Washington based Press classified Gilbert City as one of Arizona's safest municipality and also the 24th in the community. Its dynamic rate of growth, enlarged into highly affluent and educated community that supports profitable jobs.
After Gilbert got its title as the Hay Capital of the World, they got improvement to the building of Roosevelt Dam. The dam supported the water regulation for the farming. When the town was incorporated in 1920, there were approximately 500 families living in Gilbert with farming as their primary job. William Gilbert donated his own land for the railroad. Because of his kindness people named the town next to him, and later people established a rail siding on his as well. A rail siding has been really helpful to Gilbert's' because he quite had consumers coming right to his farm buying his crops.
Gilbert, Arizona today, yearly hosts a large rodeo, which is celebrated in November as Gilbert Days. There are lots of exercises like parades and activities to celebrate from the city's rich heritage. Another great place to visit in Gilbert is the Gilbert Historical Museum, which is rich in agricultural history. Different artifacts for the exhibit is ready for everyone who wants to experience an amazing past and appreciate the amazing future plan of the Gilbert council.
The Expansion Magazine awarded the Gilbert public schools as a Blue Ribbon District. It is one way the publication of surveying the 770 school districts to determine what is the students can offer back to the community once they graduated from school. The city has plenty job to offer, that's why the student needs to determine which field they are in, because Gilbert's providing the right education for them for their future job without leaving their home town.
Gilbert is an amazing and wonderful town with friendly and great combination of small town kindness. With lesser pace of life with plenty of fishing, golf courses, trails for hiking and vast city business that maintain the Gilbert way of living. Most houses in Gilbert are based on mini farms. If you wish to live in a simple, peaceful life with happy and friendly neighbors, Gilbert City is one of the best choices that no-one will regret. With rich historical places and a perfect combination of present and the pass agricultural history.