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Maricopa County, Arizona


"The Hay Capital of the World"
"A community of Excellence"

Page Contents for Gilbert, Arizona

Statistics & Facts


Weather & Climate

History & History-related items

City Attractions


Chamber of Commerce.

Community events.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts


eight miles southeast of Phoenix and directly south of Mesa. Here is a map page with a number of map links for the area.
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enjoyable. There are an average of 310 days of sunshine each year. The dry climate averages 33% humidity each year.
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warm and sunny during the day and cool at night.
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History & History Related Items

Two history pages for Gilbert: from the Chamber and the City of Gilbert

William "Bobby" Gilbert, owned property where a rail siding was established in 1902. He had first come to the area in 1893 with other settlers. The siding and the town around it eventually became known as Gilbert.
Gilbert was a center for agriculturally-based business - farming, produce, sheep, dairy-related products, cotton and alfalfa. In fact, during World War I the area produced so much alfalfa hay for the cavalry, it was known as the "Hay Shipping Capital of the U.S."
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The founding of Gilbert


The incorporation of Gilbert

6 July 1920


Gilbert Days, the Town's annual celebration and rodeo each November
Concert In The Park series each summer.

There are many places to go and things to see in the Gilbert Area. Among these are:
Arizona Chamber Symphony
Arizona Opera (also in Tucson)
Desert Botanical Garden
Chandler Center for the Arts
Heard Museum of Anthropology and Primitive Arts
Grady Gammage Auditorium (at ASU)
Nelson Fine Arts Center (at ASU)
Phoenix Art Museum
Phoenix Symphony
Phoenix Zoo
Red River Opry
Taliesin West, former summer home of famed architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.

Outdoor recreation abounds in the area. Among the offerings are:
The Arizona Cardinals (NFL Football)
Phoenix Suns (NBA Basketball)
Arizona Diamondbacks (Major League Baseball)
Phoenix Coyotes (NHL Hockey)
Arizona Rattlers (Arena Football)
Arizona San Sharks (Indoor Soccer)
Cactus League (professional baseball spring training)
Professional golf tournaments during the season
Phoenix Greyhound Park Racing
Phoenix International Raceway
Golf Courses - 25 within 15 minutes
The Fiesta Bowl

Learn about Gilbert's Glbert sister cities around the globe.
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Gilbert City Government

Town of Gilbert
50 E. Civic Center Dr.
Gilbert, Arizona 85296
Phone: 480-503-6871

Gilbert has a Mayor/Council form of government.

Community Center & Senior Center:
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Fridays: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
100 North Oak
Gilbert, AZ
Telephone: (480) 497-1366
Senior Center Telephone: (480) 892-9898

Gilbert Parks & Recreation department.

Gilbert Police Dept
75 E. Civic Center Dr.
Gilbert, AZ 85296
Phone: 480-503-6500


Maricopa County

Gilbert Chamber

Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
202 North Gilbert Road
P.O. Box 527
Gilbert, AZ 85229-0527
Telephone: (480) 892-0056
Fax: (480) 250-5735

Gilbert Community Events

Some of the Annual Events in Gilbert: Gilbert Days & Rodeo, Easter Eggstravaganza, Fourth of July Festivities, Halloween Carnival, So Long to Summer Fest, Summer Concerts in the Park, Christmas Tree Lighting in downtown Gilbert.

Gilbert Organizations

Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
202 North Gilbert Road
P.O. Box 527
Gilbert, AZ 85229-0527
Telephone: (480) 892-0056
Fax: (480) 250-5735

Gilbert Libraries

Maricopa County Library District

Gilbert Schools

The children of Gilbert are served by one of three school Districts - Chandler Unified School District, Gilbert Public Schools or Higley Unified School District.

Chandler Unified School District
1525 W. Frye Rd.
Chandler, Arizona 85224
Phone: 480-812-7000
Fax: 480-812-7015

Gilbert Public Schools
140 S Gilbert Rd
Gilbert, AZ 85296
Phone: 480-497-3300

Franklin-Arts Academy
862 E. Elliot
Gilbert, AZ 85234
Phone: 480-325-6100

Higley Unified School District
15201 South Higley Road
Higley, Arizona 85236
Phone: 480-279-7000


Chandler-Gilbert Community College
2626 East Pecos Road
Chandler, Arizona 85225-2499
Phone: 480-732-7000
Fax: 480-734-7090 Gilbert


Gilbert Population was:
1960 1,833
1970 1,971
1980 5,717
1990 29,188
1995 59,338
1998 92,000
2000 109,697
2005 150,000 (estimate)

All of Arizona is on the Mountain Standard Time - year round. When other parts of the country go on daylight savings time, Arizona remains on standard time.

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