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Boise City, Oklahoma: Bomb in the Sidewalk Team Field Report

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.
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Bomb in the Sidewalk

In 1943, Boise City was mistakenly bombed by Americans on a night training mission. The town commemorates the event with a small bomb embedded in a downtown sidewalk (previous memorial crater removed). Report...

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Bomb in sidewalk.

Replica Bomb Crater

The crater has been cemented smooth. Bomb and commemorative plaque still exists.

[JasonOski, 01/26/2023]

The crater and its bomb vanished several years ago during a street repair project. The crater had been disappointingly small and feeble. The return of the bomb and its plaque at least provide a landmark where the terror of that night can be imagined.

Replica Bomb Crater

Update 9/10/2021. It's not anywhere in town. We were here on a Friday evening, so there wasn't anyone to ask.

[Becky T., 09/10/2021]
Replica Bomb Crater

Still missing in April 2021. The museum volunteer wasn't certain of its current location, but said they are still working on the street and sidewalks in the area.

[Adventures Of Cluckleberry Hen, 05/15/2021]

Replica Bomb Crater.

Replica Bomb Crater

We received a report from tipster Don Sudduth that the Replica Bomb Crater in Boise City was nowhere to be found a few weeks ago. The Replica Crater, a 2-ft. deep indentation in cement with a bomb casing and a plaque, marked the general location where the town was accidentally bombed by a military aircraft on a night training mission on July 6, 1943.

The Chamber of Commerce phone number was no longer working, so we contacted Jody at the town's Cimarron Heritage Center (a museum which features a bombing exhibit). The Replica Bomb Crater is only temporarily gone during a renovation period, as new waterlines are installed on the square and the sidewalk is widened. The state had provided a small budget to remove the crater landmark, but the Chamber of Commerce had other plans for the funds. Jody found out about the offbeat tourist attraction's imminent demise -- at the town's 75th Anniversary celebration for historic milestone on July 6, 2018, only a week before it would have been destroyed. She kicked up a fuss, and apparently the landmark was preserved and stored and will return, slightly further back from the road, perhaps by November.

We conveyed our gratitude for Jody's keen eye on what might have been a devastating blow to Boise City's out-of-state tourist traffic and the public's appreciation of military mishap landmarks. For now, she advises travelers to stop in at the Cimarron Heritage Center for the latest Replica Bomb Crater news.

[ Team, 04/17/2019]

Update Sept 2019: The replica crater is still MIA after the sidewalk widening project.

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