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.
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
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 & Forestry • War, World II •
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.