Welcome to the Town of Gilbert
“Popular 33” reads the sign marking the city limit of Gilbert. Don’t let its size fool you. Gilbert may be the smallest town in Arkansas, but is big on beauty and charm. Gilbert is laid out along the banks of the Buffalo National River, now an International Dark Sky Park in the Ozark Mountains. The community was founded in 1902 when a railroad construction camp for the Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad was built and named in honor of Charles W. Gilbert, secretary-treasurer of Allegheny Supply Company, which was building the railroad.
Gilbert was a hub for commerce. Cotton, logs, ore and grain came by rail. Gilbert was eventually the home to a repair shop for the railroad, which ceased operation in 1946. Today, Gilbert is making a comeback to its bustling commerce heritage with the Gilbert General Store, Gilbert RV Campground, Kelly"s Bunkhouse, Buffalo River Art Gallery along with many homes and cabin rentals. There are lots to do in Gilbert these days with Dark Sky viewing, food and music at the General Store, Arts & music festivals, arts & craft fairs, paint parties and shopping events at the art gallery. Come and experience why Gilbert is called the coolest town in Arkansas.
Source: Journal of the Ozarks