|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Claude Paget|
|• Land1||8.8 km2 (3.4 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||11/km2 (29/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||39065 / 39800|
|Elevation||534–745 m (1,752–2,444 ft)
(avg. 580 m or 1,900 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
Bonnefontaine is located in the core of the first plateau of Jura in edge of the Côte de l'Heute to 580 meters of altitude. In addition to its centre, the village includes a hamlet : Le Patouillet. There used to be another one, La Vermillère, but this locality is currently uninhabited. The local agriculture is traditionally turned towards dairy breeding used for the manufacture of a regional cheese, the Comté.
Until 1897, the name of the village was "Les Faisses" (similar to fesses : buttocks, in French). On that date, this name, considered as defamatory was replaced by Bonnefontaine, in reference to the three stone fountains of the village.
Several remarkable monuments deserve to be mentioned : three fountains; a beautiful church of the 15th century with a lava roof; a mansion with a tower and a stone turret; and a convent of Dominican sisters whose garden is registered with the pre-inventory of the historic buildings. Moreover, the old chalet (co-operative cheese dairy) was turned into the "Maison du Premier plateau" which shelters the seat of the Community of the "Communauté de Communes du Premier Plateau", a tourist information center and a showroom.
Three companies are situated in Bonnefontaine : a sheep-fold, a tablettery and a farm located at the "Patouillet", hamlet being with less than 500 meters of the village.
- (French) Bonnefontaine sur le site du Quid
- (French) Communes les plus proches de Bonnefontaine
- (French) Localisation de Bonnefontaine sur une carte de France
- (French) Plan de Bonnefontaine sur Mapquest
- (French) Bonnefontaine sur site perso d'un généalogiste
- (French) Site de la Communauté de communes du Premier Plateau