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Organized as a post office in 1879, a town site was approved on September 14, 1885. Soon there were two general stores, a livery stable, and a restaurant among the businesses that set up shop in the new town. The Denver, Memphis and Atlantic Railroad built tracks through Belmont in 1886.
The town's demise was created by a number of different factors - a fire, bank robberies, loss of the town doctor, and the depression in the 1930's. Only a few people remained in Belmont.
Clyde Cessna, founder of the Cessna Aircraft Company, was raised a few miles south of Belmont.
The ethnicity of its settlers is unknown.
"Kingman County History: Kingman County, Kansas and Its People." Kingman, KS: Kingman County Historical Society, 1984.
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