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Bonanza, Arkansas
Location of Bonanza in Sebastian County, Arkansas.
Location of Bonanza in Sebastian County, Arkansas.
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Sebastian
 • Total 2.80 sq mi (7.27 km2)
 • Land 2.79 sq mi (7.22 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
548 ft (167 m)
 • Total 587
 • Density 210.62/sq mi (81.32/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 479
FIPS code 05-07540
GNIS feature ID 0057406

Bonanza is a city in Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States. It is part of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area. At the 2010 Census, the population of Bonanza was 575. According to the 2018 US Census Bureau estimates, the population of Bonanza was 564. Bonanza began as a coal mining town of the Central Coal and Coke company.


On October 10, 1851, Sebastian County was created from parts of Crawford, Polk, and Scott County Arkansas placing Bonanza within the boundaries. Coal was discovered near the Arkansas-Oklahoma line about 12 miles southeast of Fort Smith. The Central Coal and Coke company laid tracks to the area in 1896 as part of the "St. Louis and San Francisco Railway". Bonanza sprang up as a company town. Mine #10 did not give good results but Mine #12 soon had 144 workers. Mine #20 employed 185 workers and Mine #26 employed 76 workers. The workers and their families soon reached a sizable number and C.C. Woodson filed a petition to incorporate and on November 26, 1898 the town was chartered.

Bonanza Race War

Around 200 citizens held a meeting with the purpose of removing black workers from the town. A resolution was passed “demanding that about forty negroes employed by Central Coal and Coke Company leave town.”. On April 30, 1904, there was a gun battle between black and white miners. It was reported that around 500 rounds were fired and the Arkansas Gazette reported on May 7, "nearly all black residents had left the city.".


Bonanza is located at 35°14′16″N 94°25′44″W / 35.23778°N 94.42889°W / 35.23778; -94.42889 (35.237676, -94.428892).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.2 km² (1.2 mi²), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 906
1910 811 −10.5%
1920 516 −36.4%
1930 406 −21.3%
1940 486 19.7%
1950 361 −25.7%
1960 247 −31.6%
1970 342 38.5%
1980 553 61.7%
1990 520 −6.0%
2000 514 −1.2%
2010 575 11.9%
2020 587 2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 514 people, 199 households, and 151 families residing in the town. The population density was 161.3/km2 (418.7/mi2). There were 219 housing units at an average density of 68.7/km2 (178.4/mi2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.72% White, 1.17% Native American, 0.19% from other races, and 2.92% from two or more races. 1.95% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 199 households, out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.8% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.1% were non-families. 20.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the town the population was spread out, with 23.7% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 28.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 113.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $30,809, and the median income for a family was $37,344. Males had a median income of $30,368 versus $17,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,407. About 6.7% of families and 7.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.2% of those under age 18 and 11.5% of those age 65 or over.

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