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Mitchell Monument Shrapnel Tree

 
 
Mitchell Monument Shrapnel Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, June 24, 2012
1. Mitchell Monument Shrapnel Tree Marker
Inscription.
Pinus ponderosa


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.

Approx. height: 125′
Age: Approx 150 years
Circumference: 6′ 3″
Crown: 15′

OREGON HERITAGE TREE

 
Erected 2006 by Oregon Travel Experience.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Historic Trees marker series.
 
Location. 42° 25.905′ N, 120° 51.602′ W. Marker is in Bly, Oregon, in Lake County. Marker can be reached from National Forest Development Road 348 (Forest Road 348). Touch for map. The Mitchell Monument is located about 65 miles North-East of Klamath Falls. The recreation area is typically open from mid-May through the end of October. The site offers fishing, hiking, and wildlife viewing opportunities
Mitchell Monument Shrapnel Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, June 24, 2012
2. Mitchell Monument Shrapnel Tree Marker
in addition to being an historic landmark. As you are leaving Klamath Falls, take Highway 140 East (also known as the Klamath Falls-Lakeview Highway) for approximately 50 miles, to the Bly Ranger District Office. From the office, proceed 1 1/2 miles east on Highway 140, turn left on County Road 1259. Take County Road 1259 for 1/2 mile, then turn right on Forest Road 34. Follow Forest Road 34 for approximately 8 miles. The day use area entrance sign is located on the right. Marker is in this post office area: Bly OR 97622, United States of America.
 
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.)
 
Categories. Horticulture & ForestryWar, World II
 
Mitchell Monument Shrapnel Tree image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, June 24, 2012
3. Mitchell Monument Shrapnel Tree
Mitchell Monument Shrapnel Tree image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, June 24, 2012
4. Mitchell Monument Shrapnel Tree
Mitchell Monument Recreation Area entrance image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, June 24, 2012
5. Mitchell Monument Recreation Area entrance
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 13, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. 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.
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