Latitude / Longitude:
34°01′08″N 112°09′49″W / 34.01889°N 112.16361°W / 34.01889
1,834 ft (559 m)
Mountain (NO DST) (UTC-7)
Gillette, Arizona, is a populated place situated in Maricopa County, Arizona. It has an estimated elevation of 1,362 feet (415 m) above sea level. Historically, it was a stagecoach station, and then a settlement formed around an ore mill serving the Tip Top Mine, on the Agua Fria River in Yavapai County in what was then Arizona Territory. It was named for the mining developer of the Tip Top Mine, spelled incorrectly as Gillette on U. S. Topographic Maps and elsewhere.
After the mill was closed in 1880, and moved to Tip Top in 1884, the town was soon abandoned. It remained with a store and a stagecoach station in 1880 with a population of two. Its post office had postmasters appointed up to October 1883, but it was discontinued in August 1887.
Gillette was founded by the superintendent of the Tip Top Mine, where he located the mill to process the ore from Tip Top, nine miles away. Its post office opened October 15, 1878.