Wednesday, June 1, 2011

You Can Still (Maybe) Follow The Yellow Brick Road


Peekskill, NY historian John Curran is waging a battle to preserve what he suspects is the inspiration for the Yellow Brick Road in L.Frank Baum's children's novel - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Mr. Baum was born in Chittenango, east of Syracuse, in 1856. At the age of 12, the frail child was sent to the now-defunct Peekskill Military Academy on a fall day in 1868. That's all fact. 
The lore is what happened next. Mr. Curran believes the 12-year-old took a steamboat down the Hudson. When he got to the dock, he asked for directions to the military academy and was told, "Just follow the yellow brick road." 
Maps show the road led from the river up the hill to the academy. Most of the road has been paved over, but a stretch near the river is still made of the original brick.



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3 comments:

froggy said...

kewl! The older Ponder children were obsessed with this movie for a while.

Kailyn said...

He's an idiot. In the book the road is silver because Baum was a Populist who believed that the country should be on the silver standard and not the gold.

Wonder Man said...

this is interesting

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