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Two members of Bonelli family visit Kingman home

Two members of the Bonelli family visited Kingman on Tuesday during an open house at the former family home at the corner of Spring and Fifth streets.

Mary Bonelli Ashworth, granddaughter of George and Effie Ellen Bonelli, was born in Kingman and went to school here.

Her mother was a Kingman schoolteacher.

Candace Ashworth, a great-granddaughter, also visited the historic home with her camera in hand to record family memories.

Both women live in Las Vegas.

The structure was built in 1915 on the same site after the original frame home burned.

The reconstruction involved the use of locally quarried tufa stone similar to that in the Brunswick Hotel, another downtown landmark.

Joseph Bonelli, son of George, lived in the house until 1973, when the home was sold to the city of Kingman.

He lived in another Kingman home until his death.

The city and the Daughters of the Mohave Pioneers restored the house as part of the United States Bicentennial Project.

Mary Ashworth said she remembers many of the furnishings still in the home even though she did not live there.

The carpets are about 100 years old.

The original wall tapestry still hides the living room safe.

Every room in the house on both floors has access to porches that provided shelter from the summer sun.

The wood kitchen stove helped heat the house during cold winter days, even if the extra heat made summers more uncomfortable.

The Bonelli Ranch, sometimes known as the Turkey Track Ranch, was about 25 miles north of Kingman, beyond Chloride.

The house was typical for the lifestyle of prominent families who lived in the area early last century.

It contains original furnishings of the Bonelli family and other pieces from the era.

The Mohave Museum of History and Arts manages the Bonelli house for the city.

It is open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Thursdays through Mondays and is closed on major holidays.

The Bonelli House is a mansion of the past that connects new residents of Kingman to the historical roots of the city.

It is featured in a recent issue of Arizona Highways.