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holland castle

from l. frank baum, the wizard of oz posted in literature by elvis_crabs

The annual International Wizard of Oz Convention (IWOC) is held in nearby Holland, MI, with group trips to this location.

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the yellow brick road

from l. frank baum, the wizard of oz posted in literature by elvis_crabs

Founded in 1833, the Peekskill Military Academy was a military school for boys until its closure in June 1968.

L. Fran Baum, author of The Wonderful World of Oz, attended the academy for two years as a youth.

Maps of Peekskill from that time show there was an actual yellow brick road made from Dutch pavers. The road extended from the river, up a hill, and to the Military Academy.

A portion of this "yellow brick road" still exists in a parking lot in Peekskill. The owner of the lot is willing to commemorate the literary road, but the $225,000 necessary for its restoration hasn't yet been secured.

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holland castle

from l. frank baum, the wizard of oz posted in literature by elvis_crabs

L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, used to summer on Lake Michigan near Holland, Michigan at Castle Park. An unincorporated community, Castle Park is a collection of cottages and a massive German-style castle that was built in 1894. The castle was an inspiration for Baum as he wrote about the Emerald City of Oz.

Today, the castle serves as a library and occasional bingo hall for Castle Park residents.

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