Mitchell Monument Historic Site

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Mitchell Monument, 30 minutes northeast of Bly, Oregon, is a unique historic place to visit because it is the only location in the continental United States where Americans were killed as the result of enemy action during World War II. On May 15, 1945, Archie Mitchell's pregnant wife and five children found and accidentally detonated a Japanese balloon bomb, killing them all. Mitchell was parking the car and was not injured.

A stone monument with a bronze plaque listing the names of the victims is located at the spot where the bomb exploded. Facilities include picnic tables, campfire rings, and one vault toilet.

Read more about the Monument in the printable brochure.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: (Bly Ranger District)
Reservations: First come, first served.
Fees No fee
Open Season: 5/15 - 9/15
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Bly, OR; Lakeview, OR
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Bly Ranger District

General Information


Mitchell Monument Historical Site is located 30 minutes northeast of Bly, OR.

From Bly, OR take Oregon Highway 140 east toward Lakeview, turning left on County Road 1259. County 1259 is formally known as Campbell Road. Follow County Road 1259 north, and then turn right on Forest Service Road 34 to Mitchell Monument Historic Site.

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