Oz in Coronado
“No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home.” – The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
…And Coronado was, in fact, a Winter home to Frank L. Baum, most famously known as the imaginary behind the Wizard of Oz series. You’re truly never more than a few steps away from a rich piece of history when in Coronado! From 1904 – 1910, Baum retreated to our island as an escape from the harsh winters back home in Chicago. Many of those stays were extended ones at our very own Hotel Del Coronado, and he eventually stayed in a home on Star Park Circle that is still there today. During his stays, it is known that he wrote at least three books of the Oz series (“Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz”, “The Road to Oz”, and “The Emerald City”). Although Baum passed away in 1919, it is clear when you take a walk around town that the residents of Coronado still cherish his memory.
There are many nods to Baum’s works around the island. Head over to the Coronado Public Library on Orange Avenue and check out the glass panels illustrated by Brenda Smith that depict the characters and settings of Oz and The Emerald City! The incredible artwork serves as an entryway to the children’s section of the library.
While on Orange Avenue, you’ll pass by Emerald City Surf Shop whose name is inspired by Baum’s writing. Emerald City is just around the block from The Oz House so it’s a quick trip!
The Coronado Museum of History and Art also has three First Editions of Baum’s books- admission to this museum is free, so don’t miss it!
Photo courtesy of The Hotel Del’s website
Next time you find yourself in Coronado, come visit us at Coronado Golf Cars and make
The Oz House the first magical stop of many during your visit to Coronado!
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