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Bonita Nevada

Bonita, a lesser-known chapter in Nye County, Nevada’s mining history, briefly emerged in the early 20th century amidst the gold and silver rush. Noted for its fleeting existence, Bonita’s story encapsulates the transient nature of mining camps during this era, offering a unique glimpse into the lesser-explored corners of Nevada’s mining past.

Bonita Nevada

Bonita Nevada Overview

Established around 1904 as a mining camp, Bonita was situated in a remote canyon east of the Stonewall Range in Nye County, Nevada. The camp sprung up as part of the regional mining boom, drawing prospectors and miners to its gold and silver prospects. Despite its initial promise, Bonita was a short-lived endeavor, with the post office, proposed in 1907, being rescinded by 1908, and the town largely fading from maps and memories thereafter.

I have found references it was a mining camp that was part of another district and other references that state it was its own mining district.

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Year Established/Founded

1904 or 1906

Bonita Nevada History

Bonita’s history is closely linked to the mining boom in the region. Initially spurred by the discovery of gold and silver, the camp grew to include basic amenities typical of mining settlements. However, its growth was stunted by the limited success of mining operations, and it soon fell into decline.

Timeline

  • Around 1904: Bonita was founded during the Silverbow boom.
  • July 28, 1906 – Gold found in the area
  • 1907: A post office is proposed for Bonita but is rescinded in 1908.
  • May 11, 1907 – “Bonita” which is in the Emma Bowler district, is one of the most promising spots in Nevada. [Tonopah Bonanza, May 11, 1907, Saturday, Page 8]
  • 1909-1910: Brief period of increased activity in the camp.
  • August 22, 1912 – Referred to as the “old camp of Bonita.”
  • Early 20th Century: Bonita fades and is eventually abandoned.

Mines

Known for gold and silver mining, although the exact extent and success of these mines are not well-documented.

Located within the Emma Bowler District.

Anson Nevada Gold Mining Corporation

Railroads

Unknown at this time.

Post Office

A post office was proposed in August 1907 but rescinded in March 1908, indicating it never became operational.

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Newspaper

None.

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The Population of Bonita Nevada

Unknown at this time.

Elevation

Unknown at this time.

Location

East of the Stonewall Range, near the Gold Center road, Nye County, Nevada. About 20 miles north of Berlin, 40 miles south of Austin, and 4 miles west of Reese River.

Another reference states “a few miles north of Ione” and another state “ten miles southeast of this city [Tonopah].”

GPS Coordinates

Approximate coordinates: N 39.0624272, W 117.5331556 (South Shoshone Peak NV QUAD) or N 39.00754, W 117.46545 (Barrett Canyon QUAD)

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Photos and Videos

Bonita Nevada
Tonopah Bonanza Butler, Nevada 01 Sep 1906, Sat • Page 1

NEW GOLD DISCOVERY IN SHOSHONE RANGE

Gus Sielaff returned to Tononah yesterday after four months’ prospecting trip in the northern part of this county. Mr. Sielaff reports a wonderful strike which he made in the Shoshone mountains about 20 miles north of Berlin and 40 miles south of Austin and four miles west of Reese river. He says that it promises to be a bonanza.

The ledge runs north and south and has been traced for over two miles, and assays taken on the surface go over $300 in gold. The discovery was made on July 28, but it was not known to the outside world until the middle of August when a rush to the new find set in. At the present time there are about 150 men in the new district which is known as Bonita. Mr. Sielaff located a group of nine claims and named it the Surprise group. On four of the claims rich prospects in gold have been found. The ledge is covered with a few feet of volcanic wash, and under the wash is tLe porphyry and quartz formation. Associated with Mr. Sielaff is G. W. Richard, the hardware merchant of Tonopah, and R. U. Boutelle.

Mr. Sielaff is a graduate of the mining department of the Nevada State University. He spent four years in Central America in the employ of a Boston and New York syndicate, who have extensive interests in that country. Mr. Sielaff is not only a mining engineer, but received his practical experience in the mines of the Corn-stock.

There is plenty of wood and water and fish and game in abundance in the new district, and he predicts that by fall there will be a 1000 people there, as the surface showings are as promising as have ever been discovered in Nevada.

Today, Bonita exists only in historical records and the faintest of physical traces, if any. Its brief moment in Nevada’s mining tapestry serves as a reminder of the countless transient settlements that sprang up during the gold and silver rushes, each harboring dreams of prosperity that were often as fleeting as the towns themselves.

References Used

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Bonita Nevada