Hola, senorita Bonita!
After our time in Eden, we drove a bit further west to the only original building left in the town of Bonita.
Bonita is an unincorporated community in Graham County, Arizona. The population now sits at around 2,500. It is home to Fort Grant (which is now a state prison) but was once a former United States Army fortification.
|Old Camp Grant|
However, the Bonita Store was originally built as a saloon and gambling house. In 1877 a man by the name of Henry McCarty, AKA Billy the Kid, as well as by the alias, William H. Bonney, murdered a local blacksmith at the saloon (Bonita Store). McCarty was taken into custody and taken to the Fort Grant stockade, but escaped to New Mexico before he could be tried.
|Billy the Kid|
At the time of this incident Billy was a teenager, who through a variety of unfortunate events landed with the wrong crowd to survive in the wild west. His habit of getting into trouble followed him to New Mexico.
To learn more about the history of Billy the Kid go to: http://www.aboutbillythekid.com/summary_billy.htm
Southeastern Arizona is a wild country filled with wild history. It is difficult to mention a location without a thread of history being attached.