Located in southeast Phoenix, you will find the amazing city of Gilbert, which one of Maricopa County, Arizona's towns. Gilbert City is also known as the Hay Shipping Capital of the World. At the present time, in the United States, Gilbert is the most incorporated towns with encompasses 197 km2 or as usually measured 76 square miles and has the fastest development, transformation to an economically diverse suburban center from an agriculture based community in the valley of the Phoenix metropolitan area.
From the last three decades of Gilbert's glamorous high rated growth, in 2010 census, the population increased to 208,453 people from 5,717 people. Because of the great progress in Gilbert, the Arizona Eastern Railway requested donations for the establishment of a rail line between Florence and Phoenix in the year 1902. One of the great providers was William Gilbert or "Bobby". He decided to use his own property to establish a rail line for a better economic situation. As a sign of appreciation, the rail line was named after him. The rail line between Florence and Phoenix was necessary in the twentieth century. The land and other properties involved was owned by William Gilbert "Bobby".
For several years, Gilbert tried renaming the town a few times until the town was incorporated on July 6, 1920 and known as the Hay capital of the World. Gilbert is one of the agricultural community in Arizona and continued a farming town for several years. From being an agricultural town, Gilbert turned into an appealing, young, family oriented affluent city. Gilbert Community Profile in the year 2009 provides a huge growth of metropolitan area, which includes business resources (like restaurants, retail stores and more), community and demographic resources. It's one of an outstanding reference for residents and businesses alike.
During mid-1970's, Gilbert led to take its present situation when the Town Council allowed a strip takeover encompassed 53 square miles of the country area. The Council realized that Gilbert town's growth will be extremely fast that even though the town only have 1,971 people population in the year 1970, the current situation will allow them to progress and develop just like the neighboring communities of Chandler, Mesa and Tempe. And in the mid-1980's, eventually the great development happened.
One of the Supreme Justice Court associate is named Frank Murphy, who worked to 1949 from 1940. He was the one who created the plan of establishing a railroad to the mesa from Phoenix, and then from Florence to southeasterly in the year 1902, as well as the railroad to the Gila River to Kelvin from Florence. In the same year, he also started purchasing rights of way from the resident owners along his route. One of those properties that he had was owned by William Michael Gilbert. During those times, Gilbert owns 160 acres through a base entry in the year 1898 from the federal government, which is in current time, we called it the west side of Gilbert Road, but its ancient name was the Main Street.
A 66 foot strip was sold by Gilbert for the railroad for traveling the eastern side forwarding to Florence southeast, and from the northwestern tip of his property. One of the assistance provided by Gilbert is that the railroad will provide spur track and would be called the Gilbert Spur. The ideal plan was good for Murphy's side as well, because it will allow the alfalfa hay to develop in that location and then to be delivered in Phoenix. The appealing railroad helped a lot of citizens who works with dairy company in the area as well because they were able to sell butter, milk and cream to the Kelvin's miners.
Several years later, in year 1912, a post office was established, on that time, Gilbert was already on the map. When the town was incorporated, plenty of businesses established and lots of families lived in the small agricultural community. So, in case that you think about the Gilbert's founder, it might be fair enough to say that Frank Murphy of Eastern Railroad and Phoenix was the original founder. However, thinking about Bobby Gilbert as one of the owners, who sold the area in constructing the railroad, and for bringing the modern civilization to this little town in what was formerly thoughts of as southeastern Mesa.
In the year 2008, Gilbert received its award as one the most fascinating and amazing places to live in the United States, according to the ranking made by CNN's Money Magazine. The town is now one of the United States top 25 safest cities to live in. Citizens of Gilbert have accomplished a bachelor's degree or higher of approximately 34.5%. A lot of religious denominations characterized in Gilbert City, and that includes Roman Catholic which is about 17.26 %, 11.12% claiming to be Protestant and Mormons have the 12.6% rating. Population of Gilbert is really a big thing, one evidence is the captivating church construction of Temple of Gilbert that was established by the LDS.