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Bonita Nevada

Bonita Nevada

Bonita Nevada Overview

Bonita was a mining camp/district in Nye County, Nevada. (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


Bonita Nevada History

Not a lot has been found to date on the history of Bonita but we are digging through old books, mining reports, and newspapers and will update this article as new information is discovered.


  • July 28, 1906 – Gold found in the area
  • 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]
  • August 22, 1912 – Referred to as the “old camp of Bonita.”



Located within the Emma Bowler District.

Anson Nevada Gold Mining Corporation


Unknown at this time.

Post Office

August 2, 1907 – March 19, 1908 [Rescinded]

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The Population of Bonita Nevada

Unknown at this time.


Unknown at this time.


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

Unknown at this time.

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Bonita Nevada

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


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.

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Bonita Nevada