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Bonanza City (ghost town) in Custer County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Bonanza City

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 25, 2017
1. Bonanza City Marker
Inscription. You now stand among the remains of Bonanza City, laid out in 1877 and the Yankee Fork's first mining camp. Pack trails linking Ketchum, Stanley, Loon Creek, and Challis converged in Bonanza. At its peak, Bonanza had over 600 residents, a rectangular grid of streets, and provided city services such as community wells. An underground water system piped water for drinking and fire protection throughout the town.
Despite this foresight, fires in 1889 and 1897 devastated portions of Bonanza. The loss of business due to fires and the increased activity at Custer encouraged many to relocate. Today little is left of Bonanza with the exception of a few buildings and the Forest Service Guard Station constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934. One mile west, in cluster of pines, overlooking the Yankee Fork, is the historic Bonanza Cemetery. Nearby is Boot Hill Cemetery and the grave of Lizzie King, whose death remains a Yankee Fork mystery.
 
Erected by U.S. Forest Service, Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Bureau of Land Management.
 
Location. 44° 22.351′ N, 114° 43.621′ W. Marker is in Bonanza City (ghost town), Idaho, in Custer County. Marker is on Yankee Fork Road - Custer Motorway
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 25, 2017
2. Bonanza City
Adventure Road near West Fork Yankee Fork Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stanley ID 83278, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dredge Tailings (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dredge Camp Family Life (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dredge Beginnings (approx. 0.4 miles away); Yankee Fork Gold Dredge (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Crew of the Yankee Fork Gold Dredge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Chinese Businesses (approx. 1˝ miles away); Custer City (approx. 1.6 miles away); Nevada House Hotel (site) (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bonanza City (ghost town).
 
Also see . . .  Bonanza City, Idaho - Gold Rush Trading Post. ...Agnes "Lizzie" King who ran Bonanza’s Arcade Saloon and Yankee Fork Dance Hall ... is buried between her two husbands. Lizzie and her second husband were mysteriously murdered just a week after their wedding. Following that tragic event, the original founder of Bonanza City, Charles Franklin, was found dead, clutching a gold locket containing Lizzie’s photo. (Submitted on November 13, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 25, 2017
3. Bonanza City
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 25, 2017
4. Bonanza City
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 13, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 13, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
 
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