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Bonito City Cemetery
Bonito City, Lincoln County, New Mexico
Compiled by C. W. Barnum
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Bonito City no longer exists. It and the old cemetery were covered in water after the Bonito Dam project was completed in the 1920's. The remains in the Bonito City Cemetery were moved to Angus Cemetery. Below are the known names who were in that cemetery. If you have additional information, dates or names, please contact me.  Bonito City was a silver mining town located in Bonito Canyon. On May 5, 1885 Martin Nelson began killing people, including John  Mayberry, Edward, Mr. and Mrs. Mayberry, Dr. Flynn, Pete Nelson and Herman Beck. Bonito City is sometimes spelled "Bonita City".

R. F. Oswald dates unknown, d. before 1900
Peter Nelson murdered May 5, 1885 by Martin Nelson
Herman Beck murdered May 5, 1885 by Martin Nelson
John Mayberry aged 17 years, murdered May 5, 1885 by Martin Nelson
Edward Mayberry aged 7 years, murdered May 5, 1885 by Martin Nelson
Mr. W. F. Mayberry  murdered May 5, 1885 by Martin Nelson
Mrs. W. F. Mayberry murdered May 5, 1885 by Martin Nelson


General Store. Bonito City, Lincoln County.
Only known photograph of Bonito City, now under water. 
Photograph copyright of Johnson Stearns

Bonito Grave
Bonito, Lincoln, New Mexico

There are graves sites 2 miles below Bonito Dam. One is that of  Corpl. Henry Pfingsten, 16th Ill. Cav., Co. C. Albert Henry Pfingsten was born in 1840 in Germany, and he died in 1886 near Bonito. His wife was Fredricke Auguste Sophie BAHE who is buried in Angus Cemetery (27 July 1847-27 Jun 1913). Source: C. W. Barnum. There are other unmarked graves. See photos:

  Corpl. Henry Pfingsten Grave Site 1 by H. D. McDaniel
 Corpl. Henry Pfingsten Grave Site 2 by H. D. McDaniel
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