|Route of Butterfield Stage|
Postal Code: 85365
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
Dome / Gila City Cemetery. Located on the south bank of the Gila River about 20 miles east of Yuma, the site was first known as Swiveler's Station in 1857, then a stop along the old Butterfield Overland Mail route. After gold was discovered nearby in 1858 Gila City sprang up around the station. The "Gila City" post office operated from December 24, 1858, until July 14, 1863. A severe flood early in 1862 destroyed most of the town. The placers and the town were all but abandoned by late 1865. With the arrival of the railroad an attempt to conduct large scale mining of the placers began and a new post office reopened in 1892, this time as "Dome." The post office operated sporadically until finally closing in 1940. Little evidence of the town remains today, although burials in the cemetery continued until at least 1944.