Halfway to Oz: L. Frank Baum in San Diego

In 1904, when L. Frank Baum escaped winter in Chicago and came to the San Diego area for the first time, he fell in love with its natural beauty and balmy weather. It was the closest place to Oz he could find. For the next six years, the Baums wintered in California nearly every year, coinciding with Baum’s most productive period as a writer. Learn how iconic locales such as the Hotel del Coronado and La Jolla influenced many of Baum’s books and ultimately attracted him to California as a full-time resident.

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