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Bellemont is an unincorporated community in Coconino County, Arizona, United States, located along Interstate 40, about 11 miles west-northwest of Flagstaff. At an elevation of 7,132 feet, it is claimed to be the highest settlement along historic Route 66. It was a known water stop due to its local springs. (source: Wikipedia)

Bellemont stretches along the railroad tracks and Interstate 40 just 10 miles west of Flagstaff. Driving past, there’s not a lot to capture the casual traveler’s attention. Yet this wisp of a town once was the economic engine for northern Arizona.

The community was founded as a water stop along the Atlantic & Pacific Railroad in the 1880s. Although nearby Flagstaff experienced slow but steady growth, Bellemont never mustered much more than a few scattered businesses and a handful of residents. That changed abruptly in the summer of 1942 when it became the site of an enormous construction project, employing a larger labor force than the one that built Hoover Dam.

The surprise attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, sent the War Department scrambling to prepare for an extended campaign in the Pacific. It needed to quickly build military bases, training camps and ammunition depots. Amid the ponderosa pines and meadows of Bellemont, they found the perfect spot for the latter. (source:

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