How Gilbert Came to Be

Located just southeast of one of the largest cities in the country, Gilbert, AZ is an up-and-coming town that has come a long way since being incorporated in July 1920. While Gilbert may not be known to too many outside of Arizona, for us living in the Valley we can appreciate the history and the town that Gilbert has become.

In 1902, the Arizona Eastern Railway was looking to establish a rail line between Phoenix and Florence that would run through William “Bobby” Gilbert’s property. The town that eventually developed around the rail siding would be called Gilbert. In its early years, Gilbert was an exceptional farming community that came about from the construction of the Roosevelt Dam and the Eastern and Consolidated Canals in 1911. Gilbert quickly became known as the “Hay Capital of the World” until the 1920s. On July 6, 1920, Gilbert became an incorporated town.

Gilbert has experienced some tremendous growth throughout its history. In 1970, the population was only 1,971, but by 1990, the population reached 29,000. The explosive growth would continue all the way until 2013, when the population was recorded just below 230,000. During this time, Gilbert was one of the fastest growing municipalities in the US. Home to many unique restaurants, shops and things to see, Gilbert is one of the safest and best places to live in America.

One of the newest additions to the fantastic culinary scene of downtown Gilbert is Grubstak. Having reinvented the way that we think about French fries, Grubstak lets diners experience deliciously indulgent and healthy toppings on a variety of bases that range from waffle fries to roasted root vegetables. Be sure to stop by Grubstak and try a Signature Stak or Grubchetta the next time you find yourself exploring the great town of Gilbert. To see their full menu, visit