A field in Bellemont, Arizona
|Elevation||7,132 ft (2,174 m)|
|Time zone||Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature ID||26201|
Bellemont is an unincorporated community in Coconino County, Arizona, United States. Bellemont is located along Interstate 40 about 11 miles (18 km) west-northwest of Flagstaff. Bellemont, at an elevation of 7,132 feet (2,174 m) above sea level, is claimed to be the highest settlement along the historic Route 66. Bellemont was a known water stop on historic Route 66, due to local springs. As of June 2012, Bellemont had an estimated population of 893.
In October 2010, Bellemont was struck by a tornado. The tornado damaged 15 homes in the community, to the point "that they were uninhabitable", resulting in evacuation of about 30 people. A train and 30 recreational vehicles were damaged, but "No serious injuries or deaths were reported."
This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F (22.0 °C). Also, 240 days per year with a temperature below 32 °F (0 °C), more freezing days than Fairbanks, Alaska. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Bellemont has a Continental climate, abbreviated "Dsb" on climate maps.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Bellemont, Arizona
- "Tornadoes derail train, smash homes in N. Arizona," Associated Press, October 6, 2010. Found at yahoo news Archived October 7, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- Climate Summary for Carpinteria, California
- They Came To The Mountain, by Platt Cline, Northern Arizona University with Northland Press, 1976.
- The Santa Fe Route Railroads of Arizona Vol. 4 by David F. Myrick, Signature Press 1998.
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