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Our Genealogy Helper for Bonanza ...

So far, we have found very little information about Bonanza. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Bonanza to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Bonanza, please Contact Us.


We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool which helps us with planning our trips.
  • We're trying to shape our Gazetteer as a tool to help us understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.
  • On our trips, we try to visit those places where our ancestors left their footprints.

By learning about Bonanza (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this our Genealogical Helper for Bonanza. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Although our information shows that the community of Bonanza is historic, it would have been located within present day Custer County.

To see how the shape of Idaho's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Custer County: Blaine, Boise, Butte, Elmore, Lemhi & Valley.

Below are the counties that are near Bonanza. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Bonanza:

  • Custer County     (The home county of Bonanza)
    • Custer (less than 2 miles to the northeast) - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Custer
      • Custer was located less than 2 miles<2> to the northeast of Bonanza and is located in Custer County
    • Stanley (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stanley
      • Stanley lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<2> to the southwest of Bonanza and is located in Custer County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 68 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stanley have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stanley
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Stanley<4>
    • Clayton (17 miles [27.4 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clayton
      • Clayton lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<2> to the southeast of Bonanza and is located in Custer County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 8 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clayton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clayton<4>
    • Bayhorse (20 miles [32.2 km] to the east) - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bayhorse
      • Bayhorse was located 20 miles [32.2 km]<2> to the east of Bonanza and is located in Custer County
    • Challis (26 miles [41.8 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Challis
      • Challis lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<2> to the east of Bonanza and is located in Custer County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,066 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Challis have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Challis
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Challis<4>
    • Garden City (26 miles [41.8 km] to the east) - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Garden City
      • Garden City was located 26 miles [41.8 km]<2> to the east of Bonanza and is located in Custer County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Garden City have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Ellis (40 miles [64.4 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ellis
      • Ellis lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<2> to the northeast of Bonanza and is located in Custer County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ellis have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ellis
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ellis<4>

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Bonanza, see our County-by-County Page for Bonanza.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Bonanza:

  • Genealogy information for nearby counties
  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from Idaho

Cemeteries Near Bonanza ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bonanza.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Bonanza covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • Bonanza Cemetery
  • Boot Hill Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Boot Hill Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Boot Hill Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Boot Hill Cemetery
  • Stanley Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Stanley Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Stanley Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Stanley Cemetery lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<2> to the southwest of Bonanza.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stanley Cemetery

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.

Bonanza itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a population of 154 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Bonanza, with the one closest to Bonanza listed first.

  • Bonanza (Custer County) - Historic
    • While Bonanza was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bonanza
    • Bonanza was located less than 2 miles<2> to the southeast of Bonanza and is located in Custer County
    • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 154 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Bonanza had a post office and no railroad service
  • Custer (Custer County) - Historic
    • While Custer was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Custer
    • Custer was located less than 2 miles<2> to the northeast of Bonanza and is located in Custer County
    • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 213 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Custer had a post office and no railroad service
  • Clayton (Custer County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clayton
    • Clayton lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<2> to the southeast of Bonanza and is located in Custer County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 252 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 8 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Clayton had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clayton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clayton<4>
  • Bayhorse (Custer County) - Historic
    • While Bayhorse was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bayhorse
    • Bayhorse was located 20 miles [32.2 km]<2> to the east of Bonanza and is located in Custer County
    • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 200 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Bayhorse had a post office and no railroad service
  • Challis (Custer County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Challis
    • Challis lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<2> to the east of Bonanza and is located in Custer County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 356 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,066 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Challis had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Challis have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Challis
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Challis<4>

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Bonanza. See our List of 1890's Communities around Bonanza.

Recent Changes to RoadsideThoughts ...

Mentions & References for Bonanza

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Idaho

About Custer County

About Idaho

The official website for Custer County: www.co.custer.id.us/

The official website for State of Idaho: www.state.id.us/

Footnotes ...

<1>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Bonanza, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Bonanza) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Bonanza. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from BonanzaOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bonanza. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.3724, Longitude: -114.7274    
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.




 

 

 

 

 


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