Gilbert Travel Guide

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Gilbert Overview

Official Tourism Site: http://www.discovergilbert.com/

Gilbert (population 208,000) is the largest incorporated "town" (as opposed to "city") in the United States. Gilbert owes its beginnings to William "Bobby" Gilbert, who provided land to the Arizona Eastern Railway in 1902 to construct a rail line between Phoenix and Florence, Arizona. Incorporated in 1920, Gilbert was primarily a farming community fueled by the rail line and construction of the Roosevelt Dam and the Eastern and Consolidated Canals. It remained an agricultural town for many years and was known as the "Hay Capital of the World" from 1911 until the late 1920s.

The Riparian at Water Ranch features hiking and equestrian trails open to the community. The preserve provides a great opportunity for wildlife and bird watching and is considered the premier bird watching facility in the Phoenix metropolitan region. Close to 250 species of birds have been sighted and many people come from different states and countries to see the beautiful and sometimes rare birds. The park boasts covered picnic areas, a dinosaur dig site, and campsites that can be reserved for a desert getaway. The preserve also has the valley's only astronomy observatory.

Gilbert also offers six different golf courses.

Ranked Fourth-Best Dog Park in the United States, Cosmo Park is named for Gilbert's first police dog: Cosmo van Blitsaerd of Holland. The park features a lake where dogs may swim and two dog wash stations.

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