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City of Flagstaff – Parks & Recreation

Arizona’s War Town: Flagstaff, Navajo Ordnance Depot, and World War II (Flagstaff)

Joe C. Montoya Community & Senior Center 245 N Thorpe Road, Flagstaff, AZ, United States

Weeks after Pearl Harbor the War Department announced construction of a massive ammunition storage depot ten miles west of Flagstaff along U.S. Highway 66 at Bellemont. Flagstaff’s population jumped from five to 20 thousand in a spasm of boom town upheaval. Several thousand Navajo and Hopi construction workers labored at the struggling new depot –... Read More