|Gillette is Now a Ghost Town|
What's Gillette all ?
Gillette can be found on the banks of the Agua Fria River. It was founded in 1878, and was a town of six streets. The Burfind Hotel was the largest structure in Gillette and now lies in ruin. Gillette was founded by the superintendent of the Tip Top Mine. About 9 miles away, the town was started to process the ore from Tip Top. In 1884 the mill was moved to Tip Top. Gillette was still a stop on the stagecoach route until the railroad made the stagecoach unnecessary.
It isn't easy to get to Gillette today, and a sturdy high-clearance vehicle is recommended.
How do I get to Gillette?
From Phoenix take I-17 (the Black Canyon Freeway) North to Route 69 going west. Gillette is about 5 miles west of the Table Mesa Exchange.
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