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Bly is an unincorporated community in Klamath Countymarker, Oregonmarker, United Statesmarker. It is about east of Klamath Fallsmarker. , the population was 486.

History

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

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. On May 5, 1945, a Japanese balloon bomb exploded as it was being pulled from the woods by curious picnickers. Killed in the explosion were: Mrs. Elsie Mitchell, 26, wife of a local minister; Edward Engen, 13; Richard Patzke, 14; Jay Gifford, 13; Sherman Shoemaker, 11; and Joan Patzke, 13. A memorial was erected at what today is called the Mitchell Recreation Areamarker.

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. Ujaama pleaded guilty in 2007 to charges that he provided material support to terrorists by trying to set up the Bly training camp. 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. In May 2009, Oussama Kassir was convicted for conspiring to assist in the camp's creation, based in part on testimony from Ujaama.

Parks and recreation

The Bly Ranger Stationmarker is located in the community.

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