20 Interesting Facts About Gillette

Interesting Facts About Gillette

Facts About Gillette

  1. Gillette started as Donkey Town, named after Donkey Creek, and then was moved and called Rocky Pile after Rocky Draw.
  2. Gillette was founded in 1891 as a major railway town on the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad.
  3. Gillette was incorporated on January 6, 1892, less than two years after Wyoming became a state.
  4. Gillette is located at 44°17’28″N 105°30’8″W (44.2910900, -105.5022200).
  5. People born in Gillette, including baseball player Bob Harris, politician John C. Ostlund, Player of and Canadian football John Chick.
  6. In November 1895, a fire destroyed most of the city. Only two saloons, two stores, and a restaurant survived.
  7. The median age in the city was 31.4 years, as of 2019.
  8. The population was estimated at 32,030 as of July 1, 2019.
  9. The city of Gillette has an area of 19.00 square miles, of which 18.97 square miles are land and 0.03 square miles is water.
  10. Gillette is twinned with the following sister city Yulin, Shaanxi, China as of 2012.
  11. The city calls itself the “Energy Capital of the Nation”; Wyoming provides nearly 35% of the nation’s coal.
  12. Gillette annexed the census-designated place Antelope Valley-Crestview on January 1, 2018.
  13. The Drive-By Truckers’ song “21st Century USA”, from their 2020 album The Unraveling, is about a layover the band had in Gillette.
  14. The city was named after Edward Gillette, who worked as a surveyor for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad.
  15. Gillette is situated between the Big Horn Mountains to the west and the Black Hills to the east, in the Powder River Basin.
  16. The City of Gillette is the 3rd largest city in Wyoming, only just beating Laramie by just over 500 people as of 2020.
  17. In 1974, ElDean Kohrs, U.S. psychologist used the town as an example calling it ‘Gillette Syndrome’: it referred to the social disruption that may occur in a community owing to the growth of a rapid population.
  18. In 2021, 7,338 people visited the Gillette Convention and Visitors Bureau.
  19. Gillette is a major economic hub and a regional centre for media, education, health, and arts.
  20. There are 1,402 people per square mile aka population density.


Interesting Facts About Gillette
Interesting Facts About Gillette