Bonanza City, New Mexico

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Bonanza City is a ghost town in New Mexico, 13 miles (21 km) southwest of Santa Fe.[1] Nothing remained of the town but remnants of foundations. A movie set (Bonanza Creek Movie Ranch) was built near the remains and has been used for several films. The 2007 TV show, Kid Nation, was filmed here.

The town was formed and began growing in 1880. Though the population is speculated to have reached 2000, the only recorded number is 200 residents in 1884.[1]


  1. ^ a b Sherman, James; Sherman, Barbara (1979). Ghost Towns and Mining Camps of New Mexico. University of Oklahoma Press. p. 19. ISBN 0-8061-1106-2. Retrieved 5 December 2011.