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Bonnie Claire, previously named Thorp, is located about 30 miles northwest of Beatty Nevada.

Bonnie Claire townsite was built around 1904 near the Thorp stage station.  The settlement was also known as Thorp, and Montana Station.  In 1905 the Thorp post office was established. Three months after the rails of the Bullfrog-Goldfield Railroad reached this point in October of 1906, the townsite of Bonnie Claire sprang up.  A tent town followed soon after. In the spring of 1907 the Las Vegas & Tonopah Railroad built a depot in Bonnie Claire, which now had several saloons, and mercantile establishments.  The town population reached a peak of about 100 that year.

The town declined around 1909, revived some in 1913 when a new mill was built.  In 1923, Death Valley Scotty shipped his building materials for his “Scotty’s Castle” in Death Valley.  When that was completed, the Bullfrog-Goldfield railroad was abandoned and the Bonnie Claire post office closed in 1931. The Bonnie Claire mill site is now fenced and posted as private property.

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