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The Lost Legacy of Bonnie Claire: Your Ultimate Guide to Nye County’s Ghost Town

Embark on a journey back in time as you explore the fascinating ghost town of Bonnie Claire in Nye County, Nevada.

This once bustling mining community, nestled in the rugged desert landscape, now stands as a testament to the relentless pursuit of wealth during the early 1900s. Wander through the remnants of this forgotten town and immerse yourself in its rich history as you uncover the stories behind the mines, the people, and the town itself. 

Bonnie Claire Nevada

Bonnie Claire Nevada Overview

Bonnie Claire, also known as Thorp’s Wells or Montana Station, is a ghost town located in Nye County, Nevada. It was a mining and railroad hub during its peak years, and today offers visitors a glimpse into the past with its decaying buildings and historical sites.

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Year Established/Founded

Bonnie Claire was founded in the early 1900s, with its heyday taking place between 1906 and 1918.

Bonnie Claire Nevada History

Bonnie Claire’s history dates back to the discovery of gold and silver deposits in the nearby Bullfrog Mining District. As prospectors flocked to the region, Bonnie Claire became an important stop along the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad, providing essential services to the mining communities. However, as the mining boom subsided, so did the town’s prosperity, eventually leading to its abandonment.


  • Early 1900s: Bonnie Claire is founded.
  • 1906-1918: The town experiences its peak years.
  • 1914: The local railroad ceases operation.
  • 1931: The post office closes, marking the beginning of the town’s decline.


  • Bullfrog Mining District: Gold and silver.


The Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad served the town during its peak years.

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Post Office

The Bonnie Claire Post Office operated from April 25, 1906, to October 15, 1931.

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There is no record of a specific newspaper dedicated to Bonnie Claire.

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The Population of Bonnie Claire Nevada

At its peak, Bonnie Claire’s population was estimated to be around 100 people.


Bonnie Claire is situated at an elevation of approximately 3,773 feet (1,150 meters).


Bonnie Claire is located in Nye County, Nevada, about 40 miles north of the California-Nevada border.

GPS Coordinates

The GPS coordinates for Bonnie Claire are 37.3453° N, 116.7681° W.

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References Used

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