Washington DC and The Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz in Washington DC

Things Related to The Wizard of Oz in Washington DC

Washington DC has often been associated with the Wizard of Oz. An early working title for the original book by L. Frank Baum was From Kansas to Fairyland. The title was later changed to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. In 1900 the Democratic National Convention was held in Kansas City, Missouri. At that time going from Kansas to Fairyland meant going from the convention in Kansas City to Washington DC.

Emerald City is often viewed as a reference to Washington DC. The green color of Emerald City may have been taken from the green color of US currency. There are other financial references in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Oz itself may be a reference to an ounce of gold, as oz. is used as an abbreviation for ounce. The yellow brick road can represent gold, and Dorothy’s ruby slippers of movie fame were silver in the book. So in the book Dorothy was wearing silver slippers on a golden road.

The following Wizard of Oz related things are in and around Washington DC:

Click Ruby Slippers for a StationStart.com entry that provides more detailed information on Dorothy’s ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz.

Click Museum of American History to see the StationStart.com entry about the Smithsonian Institution Museum of American History where Dorothy’s ruby slippers are one display.

Click Wizard of Oz Wall Art for a StationStart.com entry on a large, outdoor Wizard of Oz painting.

Occasionally graffiti demanding Surrender Dorothy can be found painted on a railroad bridge that crosses the Washington DC beltway, Interstate 495. This bridge is located between the Connecticut Avenue and Georgia Avenue beltway exits. The Forest Glen Metro Station is nearest this railroad bridge, but I have never tried to walk to this bridge. I wouldn’t be surprised if it is inaccessible on foot. In any event there is rarely anything to see there as authorities remove the graffiti or paint over it soon after it appears.

This location is chosen for the Surrender Dorothy message, because the temple of the Kensington, Maryland temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints appears to remind the graffiti painter or painters of Emerald City from the Wizard of Oz. That temple is located less than a mile from the point where the railroad bridge crosses the Washington beltway, and the temple is easily visible from the beltway.

Surrender Dorothy graffiti can rarely be seen on the railroad bridge that crosses I-495 in Kensington, Maryland. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of Location of a railroad bridge where Surrender Dorothy graffiti is rarely seen.


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