Belmont, New Hampshire

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Belmont is a town in Belknap County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 6,716 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 7,274.[1]

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History

Originally known as Upper Gilmanton, Belmont was chartered in 1727 as a parish of Gilmanton. With water power from the Tioga River, it developed as a mill town.[2] Built in 1833, the Gilmanton Village Manufacturing Co. made cotton and woolen textiles. Over the years it would change owners, names and products. In 1921, it was the Belmont Hosiery Co., a maker of silk, lisle and woolen stockings. It went out of business in 1955, and the renovated mill building is now a community center.[2]

Separated from Gilmanton by an act of legislature, the town was incorporated in 1859 as Upper Gilmanton. The name Belmont was adopted in 1869 to honor August Belmont, a wealthy financier who (it was hoped) would contribute to the nascent town, but he never acknowledged the act.[3]

Notable inhabitants

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 32.3 square miles (84 km2), of which 30.6 sq mi (79 km2) is land and 1.7 sq mi (4.4 km2) is water, comprising 5.23% of the town. The highest point in Belmont is an unnamed 1,360-foot (410 m) hill near the northern border. Drained by the Tioga River, Belmont lies fully within the Merrimack River watershed.[4]

Belmont is crossed by state routes 106 and 140.

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