Boise City, Oklahoma, Mayor Duane Ferguson retreats to a safe distance.
Boise City, Oklahoma, Mayor Duane Ferguson retreats to a safe distance.

Replica Bomb Crater

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Boise City, Oklahoma

In 1943 Boise City was mistakenly bombed by a training mission from an air base in Texas. The only thing destroyed was a garage -- doubly embarrassing for the air force, since the bombs were aimed at the courthouse. Most towns would try to forget this kind of thing, but not Boise City. In 1993, on the 50th anniversary of the mishap, the town built a replica bomb crater out of concrete and placed it in front of its chamber of commerce office, which is an old caboose.

One of the bombs that fell juts out of the crater, and in front stands a plaque: "Boise City -- Still Booming." The crater is less than 2 feet deep.

Replica Bomb Crater

6 N.E. Square, Boise City, OK
Jct of US 287 and US 412. On the traffic circle, in front of the Chamber of Commerce caboose.
2019: Temporarily in storage. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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