Bly in Lake County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Mitchell Monument Shrapnel Tree
When a Japanese balloon bomb exploded at this site, Elsie Mitchell and her Sunday school class of five children, out on an early spring fishing outing, were killed. They were the only World War II casualties to occur on the North American continent as a result of enemy action. Standing as a silent witness to the tragedy, this Ponderosa pine still shows signs of shrapnel damage from the explosion and from efforts to remove the shrapnel fragments.
Age: Approx 150 years
Circumference: 6′ 3″
OREGON HERITAGE TREE
Erected 2006 by Oregon Travel Experience.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & Forestry • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Historic Trees series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1945.
Location. 42° 25.905′ N, 120° 51.602′ W. Marker is in Bly, Oregon, in Lake County. Marker can be reached from Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bly OR 97622, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mitchell Monument (a few steps from this marker); Balloon Bomb (approx. 9.8 miles away).
More about this marker. Marker and tree are located within the Mitchell Monument State Park.
Also see . . . Oregon Travel Experience - Mitchell Monument Shrapnel Tree. (Submitted on January 13, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2018. It was originally submitted on January 13, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 137 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 13, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.