Boise City /ˈbɔɪs/ is a city in and the county seat of Cimarron County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 1,266 at the 2010 census, a decline of 14.6 percent from 1,483 in 2000. According to the Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, the origin of the town name is unclear.
|Boise City, Oklahoma|
Cimarron County Courthouse (2009)
Location within Cimarron County and Oklahoma
|Coordinates: 36°43′48″N 102°30′41″W|
Boise City was founded in 1908 by developers J. E. Stanley and A. J. Kline, who published and distributed brochures promoting the town as an elegant, tree-lined city with paved streets, numerous businesses, railroad service, and anartesian well. They sold 3,000 lots to buyers who discovered, on their arrival, that none of the information in the brochure was true. Stanley and Kline were convicted of fraud and sent to Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary. The town nevertheless took shape and incorporated on July 20, 1925.
Boise City's prosperity in the 1930s was severely affected by its location at the heart of the Dust Bowl region.
Boise City was the location of an unusual event during World War II when it was mistakenly bombed by a friendly U.S. bomber crew during training. The bombing occurred on July 5, 1943, at approximately 12:30 a.m. by a B‑17 Flying Fortress Bomber. This occurred because pilots performing target practice became disoriented and mistook the lights around the town square as their target. No one was killed in the attack (only practice bombs were used and the square was deserted at the time), but the pilots were embarrassed. For the 50th anniversary of the incident, the crew of the bomber was invited back to Boise City, but all members declined. The former radio operator did, however, send an audio tape that was played at the celebration.
Boise City is located at United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), all land. (36.730115, -102.511419).According to the
Boise City is closer to the capitals of both Colorado and New Mexico than it is to Oklahoma City. Denver, Colorado, is 303 miles (488 km) and Santa Fe, New Mexico, is 261 miles (420 km), while Oklahoma City is 326 miles (525 km) away.
From Boise City, one can drive to four other states (Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, and Texas) in under an hour.