Belmont Junior High

Address: Chase St. N. of W. Colfax, Lakewood, 80215

Belmont Junior High was originally Mountair School, a red brick, two-room building constructed in 1900. In 1927 a new brick structure with six classrooms was constructed. In 1930 an additional room, stage, and gym were added. The school was converted to a junior high in 1955 and renamed Belmont by the students. A cafeteria was added to the south of the school building and opened September 1, 1961. Also added at this time was a new foreign language laboratory. By 1961 Belmont had won national recognition for its newspaper, "Panther Press." It was selected third best in the United States of America. Also, Belmont was the only junior high in Jefferson County that was invited to become a member of the Junior Academy of Science. Belmont was closed in 1979, and students were bussed to Wheat Ridge Junior High at 7101 West 38th Avenue. At this time, the buildings have been completely demolished and the site remains vacant.
Quad Map/Date: Fort Logan, 1965 (1979)
Sec/Town/Range: S35, T3S, 69W
Elevation: 5350
Source: Olson, "Early Education in Jefferson County, Colorado," p. 7; "Historical Narrative of Edgewater's First Sixty Years"; Allison, "Edgewater Four Score"; McDonald, "In Brief."
Last Modified: Mon, November 14 1994

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