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Version 072107

 

 

GILBERT, ARIZONA

 

Yavapai County, Arizona

 

Editors Note: Research continues on this historic Arizona Ghost Town. This presentation is classified as a living document and will be updated as information is received. A host of historians are working diligently to compile research information.  If you have information you would like to share on Gilbert please submit it for publication at: n.j.dushane@comcast.net . Thank you Neal.

 

Table of Contents

 

Picture of one of three possible cemeteries at Gilbert 2

Gilbert Cemeteries. 3

Dennis Lawton’s Death. 6

Current Day Gilbert 7

Gilbert, AZ Area Map.. 8

 

 

There has been historical confusion regarding the Ghost Towns of Sayers and Gilbert, it has been written they were one in the same. Which is incorrect, physically they were one mile apart on King Solomon Creek. Gilbert was in fact located at current day Buckhorn Road and King Solomon Creek on the southeast corner. While Sayers was located at Constellation Road and King Solomon Creek approximately one mile northwest of Gilbert. Ore processing and refining took place on King Solomon Creek in a flat area, half way between the two communities.

 

The Ghost Town of Gilbert resides northeast of Wickenburg. Today nothing remains and is on posted private property, please do not trespass.

 

Gilbert was a community that served mines in and about the immediate area encompassing a mile or two radius. Gilbert was at the intersection of King Solomon Gulch and Buckhorn Road on the southeast corner. It was up King Solomon Creek approximately one mile from Sayers Spring.

 

The stagecoach from Wickenburg traveled through Gilbert on its journey up the road north to Constellation going through Keystone on its journey to O’Brien Gulch. The end of the road would have been the O’Brien Mine, aka Gold Belt Mine in later years.

 

According to Historian Pat Ryland: The great registers show that people still lived in Gilbert as late as 1907. Members of the Kerkes family lived there until about 1920.

 

Gilbert, Arizona’s Post Office was established Nov. 17, 1899. The Post Master was Wm. J. Gilbert.

 

Historian Pat Ryland informs us that the Gilbert Post Office closed on Nov. 14, 1903 after four years of operation.

 

There is a cemetery (possibly three) with many outlying graves outside the main fenced area. In all there may be as many as 30 graves scattered about the area. To date we have documented and recorded eleven names out of the possible 30 graves.

 

Gilbert served as a commerce center for major mines in the area. Camp B, King Solomon, Key Stone were a few of the major mines in the immediate area.

 

Picture of One of three possible cemeteries at Gilbert

 

Photo by: Neal Du Shane c. 2006

 

 

Gilbert Cemeteries

Gilbert Cemeteries (two)

Camp B Cemetery is thought to be farther up the creek

Gilbert, Arizona (Ghost Town)

Yavapai County, Arizona

Possibly three individual cemeteries in this general area.

From Wickenburg follow the Constellation Road to Buckhorn Road turn right. Follow Buckhorn road veering left at the "Y" down to King Solomon Gulch. Immediately after crossing the creek (river bottom), on the right is the first of three cemeteries. Gilbert the community is 600 feet farther east on the same side of the road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#1 - GILBERT CEMETERY - Main cemetery

Lat. N34, Long. W112 (NAD 27) (Elev. 3381)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMBINED

GRAVES

22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/27/2007

Marker

SURNAME

FIRST NAME

MIDDLE NAME

BIRTH DATE

DEATH DATE

COMMENTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

N

BODIROGA

Child

 

 

 

Simo/Sam & Mila Bodiroga Parents

N

BODIROGA

Petar

 

 

 

Uncle of Wesley Bodiroga, brother of Sam

N

CORE

Pearl

 

 

 

 

 

DOE

John

 

 

 

Dowsing revealed - adult male

 

DOE

Jane

 

 

 

 

N

KERKES

Female

Child

 

 

Milan/Mike & Annie Kerkes Parents

N

KERKES

Female

Child

 

 

Milan/Mike & Annie Kerkes Parents

N

KUKURUZOVIC

Anton

 

 

1923-1930

In the 1920's changed last name to Lucas.

N

KUKURUZOVIC

Katherine

Margaretic

 

 

Possibly Kate was buried in Sanger, CA

N

LAWTON

Dennis

 

 

Jul. 5, 1902

From newspaper article. P. Ryland

N

ROSS

Milton

Spencer

11/11/1919

11/1972

May have died around 1966 - By Tonya Kipp granddaughter

N

ROSS

 

 

 

 

Father of Milton

N

ROSS

 

 

 

 

Mother of Milton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2 - GILBERT CEMETERY - West of main cemetery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lat. N34, Long. W112 (WGS 84) (Elevation 3,376)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burials =

9

 

 

 

12/12/2006

Marker

SURNAME

FIRST NAME

MIDDLE NAME

BIRTH DATE

DEATH DATE

COMMENTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

N

DOE

John

 

 

 

Dowsing revealed - adult male

N

DOE

John

 

 

 

Pile of Stone - No records currently available

N

DOE

John

 

 

 

Pile of Stone - No records currently available

N

DOE

John

 

 

 

Dowsing revealed - adult male

N

DOE

John

 

 

 

Dowsing revealed - adult male

N

DOE

John

 

 

 

Dowsing revealed - adult male

N

DOE

John

 

 

 

Dowsing revealed - adult male

N

DOE

John

 

 

 

Dowsing revealed - adult male

N

DOE

John

 

 

 

Dowsing revealed - adult male

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3 - CAMP B Cemetery - cemetery has not been located at this printing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marker

SURNAME

FIRST NAME

MIDDLE NAME

BIRTH DATE

DEATH DATE

COMMENTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lat. N34, Long. W112 (WGS 84) (Elevation 3,481)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7/21/2007 Neal Du Shane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dennis Lawton’s Death

 

Newspaper articles report July 4, 1902 was a day to remember in respect to celebrating at Gilbert. Dennis Lawton’s died the following day from causes unknown at this point, we can only speculate as to his cause of death.

 

 

Photograph by: Allan Hall 07/17/07

 

Current Day Gilbert

7/17/07 by: Allan Hall

 

I have had the opportunity now to view some of the old trails that passed through the Gilbert area when I went up to Key Stone Mine and Black Rock Mountain last Saturday.

 

This area is crisscrossed with old trails that do not show up on modern maps or even the 1905 (or older) map that you provided.

 

This is particularly true of the area east and south of Black Rock Mountain (also east of the Gilbert cemetery site heading toward Morgan Butte.)

 

Once you get some elevation on the surrounding area it is pretty easy to see that the Gilbert settlement was a major junction of mining roads and pack trails.

 

Attached is a photo of an old road that is east of the Gilbert cemetery and south of modern day Buckhorn Road.

 

As you can see, this section of road had a pretty impressive retaining wall.

 

Gilbert, AZ Area Map

 

 

Blue line on the above map represents current day Constellation Road. Notice that originally Constellation Road ended at Slim Jim Creek. The Yellow line represents the main road in the 1890’s connecting Wickenburg, Gilbert, Constellation and points north. The actual location of Constellation was approximately at the RED number 2 on the map.

 

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