On July 5, 1943, Boise City was bombed by a B-17 bomber that had gotten off course and upon seeing the four lights at Boise City courthouse decided that it resembled their target at Conlen, Texas. Five bombs were dropped around the courthouse while the sixth one was dropped further southeast and is now on display. Each bomb contained four pounds of powder and ninety-six pounds of sand.
One of six practice bombs that was dropped on Boise City July 5, 1943. Jerry Shannon worked for the railroad and this bomb landed in sand pile near the tracks. Soft landing dented it, but it did not explode. This original bomb now has a permanent home at the Cimarron Heritage Center at 1300 North Cimarron in Boise City, Oklahoma.
Thank you to Stan Manske and Mike Shannon for getting the bomb to the museum; Mike and Helen Barnes for painting the bomb; Fred and Jim Risley for building the stand.
Donated in memory
of Jerry Shannon.