The Bombing of Boise City, Oklahoma
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 36° 43.789 W 102° 30.751
13S E 722127 N 4067785
Quick Description: The only city in the continental US to be bombed during WWII was bombed by America ~ One of the bombs is still in the ground, as a sort of memorial
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date Posted: 2/14/2015 8:16:35 AM
Waymark Code: WMNCHE
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Lord Elwood
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Long Description:

County of site: Cimarron County
Location of memorial: S. Cimarron St. (us-64/385/412) & E. Main St. (US-56/64/287/OK-3) Cimarron Circle-County Courthouse, Boise City

Roadtrippers view of the event

"Located in the Oklahoma panhandle, Boise City is the only town in the United States that was bombed from airplanes during World War II. Visit the Boise City Bomb Memorial to view a replica of one of the six bombs mistakenly dropped on the city during testing on July 6, 1943. The bomb was dropped by pilots in a B-17 Flying Fortress Bomber when they mistakenly took lights around the town's square to be their target. Luckily, only practice bombs were used and the town square was deserted when the bomb was dropped just after midnight, though many buildings were damaged or destroyed. The Boise City Bomb Memorial is located just in front of the Red Chamber Caboose." ~ NewsOK

Many newspapers of course, ran stories, still do. This from Fox News: "Boise City (rhymes with voice) is located in the westernmost county in the Oklahoma Panhandle. Like several of the county seats in the western part of the state, Boise City's Main Street features a courthouse square. A roundabout helps drivers maneuver around the Cimarron County courthouse since the city — and entire county — has no stoplight. At one edge of the roundabout sits a plaque and replica bomb representing one of the oddest events in the city's history: During World War II the city was bombed by accident in the middle of the night by a U.S. crew. No one was killed in the July 5, 1943, incident, but the community still notes the event" ~ FoxNews

Type: Local Legend or Lore

Referenced in (list books, websites and other media):
Stories of Old-Time Oklahoma By David Dary Vignettes of Hampstead and Other Exotic Places By Marion F. Barnhill, Sr. - Trafford Publishing Miles from Nowhere: Tales from America's Contemporary Frontier By Dayton Duncan - U of Nebraska Press

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