Bly, Oregon

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Bly
—  Unincorporated community  —
The Christian and Missionary Alliance church in Bly
Bly is located in Oregon
Bly
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 42°23′52″N 121°2′26″W / 42.39778°N 121.04056°W / 42.39778; -121.04056Coordinates: 42°23′52″N 121°2′26″W / 42.39778°N 121.04056°W / 42.39778; -121.04056
CountryUnited States
StateOregon
CountyKlamath
Unincorporated1873
Elevation4,360 ft (1,330 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total486
Time zonePacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes
FIPS code
GNIS feature ID
 
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Bly
—  Unincorporated community  —
The Christian and Missionary Alliance church in Bly
Bly is located in Oregon
Bly
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 42°23′52″N 121°2′26″W / 42.39778°N 121.04056°W / 42.39778; -121.04056Coordinates: 42°23′52″N 121°2′26″W / 42.39778°N 121.04056°W / 42.39778; -121.04056
CountryUnited States
StateOregon
CountyKlamath
Unincorporated1873
Elevation4,360 ft (1,330 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total486
Time zonePacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes
FIPS code
GNIS feature ID

Bly is an unincorporated community in Klamath County, Oregon, United States. It is about 44 miles (71 km) east of Klamath Falls. As of 2000, the population was 486.[citation needed]

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History

The name Bly comes from the Klamath word p'lai, meaning "up" or "high", referring to its location up the Sprague River.[1] A post office called Sprague River was established in the area in 1873, and the name was changed to Bly in 1883.[1] (The current community of Sprague River is west of Bly.) Originally platted in Jackson County in 1928, the town was called Sprague River until the creation of Klamath County out of Jackson County in 1882.[citation needed]

In 1935, the United States Forest Service acquired a 4-acre (16,000 m2) site in Bly for a district ranger station to manage the western part of the Fremont National Forest. The Forest Service paid $625 for the property. The ranger station was built by Civilian Conservation Corps workers under the supervision of Forest Service district ranger Perry Smith. The seven original buildings at the Bly Ranger Station were constructed between 1936 and 1942. A modern administrative headquarters building was added to the compound in the 1960s. The ranger station compound was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.[2][3]

World War II

Bly is also the site of the only fatalities of World War II in the mainland United States due to enemy attack.[1] On May 5, 1945, a Japanese balloon bomb exploded as it was being pulled from the woods by curious picnickers.[1] Killed in the explosion were: Mrs. Elsie Mitchell, 26, wife of minister Archie E. Mitchell; Edward Engen, 13; Richard Patzke, 14; Jay Gifford, 13; Sherman Shoemaker, 11; and Joan Patzke, 13.[4] A memorial was erected at what today is called the Mitchell Recreation Area.

Alleged terrorist training camp

In 2002, Bly attracted national attention when Earnest James Ujaama was indicted and arrested for, in part, conspiring to set up a terrorist training camp on a ranch near Bly between October and December 1999. The indictment claimed that Ujaama was a follower of Abu Hamza al-Masri, and had ties to al-Qaeda and the Taliban.[5] Ujaama pleaded guilty in 2007 to a single count of providing material support to the Taliban although the charge of attempting to set up a training camp in Bly was dropped.[6] Convicted on 11 criminal charges in Britain, Abu Hamza al-Masri is still wanted by U.S. prosecutors for trying to establish the training camp[7]. In May 2009, Oussama Kassir was convicted for conspiring to assist in the camp's creation, based in part on testimony from Ujaama.[8]

Parks and recreation

The Bly Ranger Station is located in the community.

References

  1. ^ a b c d McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [First published 1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 94. ISBN 9780875952772. OCLC 53075956. 
  2. ^ Joslin, Les, "Bly Ranger Station", Uncle Sam’s Cabins: A Visitors Guide to Historic U.S. Forest Service Ranger Stations of the West, Wilderness Association, Bend, Oregon, 1995.
  3. ^ "Bly Ranger Station", National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form, Pacific Northwest Region, United States Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Portland, Oregon, 30 September 1980.
  4. ^ "Japanese Balloon Bomb". Herald & News. http://www.heraldandnews.com/articles/2005/05/05/news/top_stories/top3.txt. Retrieved 2005-05-05. 
  5. ^ McMahon, Patrick (September 4, 2002). "Jihad camp case questioned". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2002-09-04-bly_x.htm. 
  6. ^ "American Muslim pleads guilty to aiding al-Qaeda". Sydney Morning Herald. April 15, 2003. http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/04/15/1050172577775.html. 
  7. ^ Vikram Dodd (July 8, 2010). "Abu Hamza Extradition to US blocked by European court". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jul/08/abu-hamza-human-rights-ruling. Retrieved December 6, 2011. 
  8. ^ Neumeister, Larry (May 12, 2009). "Man convicted in NY of trying to start terror camp". Associated Press. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hwPzMwwQ73ivGjA1ies56wMB8CwwD984VP000.