Aberdeen in Brown County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
L. Frank Baum, Author
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Lyman Frank Baum was born May 15, 1856, in Chittenango, New York. He held a variety of jobs from actor to newspaper man to traveling salesman before settling in Aberdeen with his family n 1888.
Baum first opened a variety store called Baum's Bazaar in October, 1888. Under capitalized from the start, hard times brought on by the drought caused the bazaar to fail in January 1890. Baum then leased a newspaper, the "Dakota Pioneer" and renamed it the "Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer". Baum published his first issue on January 25, 1890. The "Saturday Pioneer" was best remembered for its humorous column, "Our Landlady", which took a satirical look at the human condition in general and local life specifically through the eyes of Mrs. Sairy Ann Bilkins, landlady of a fictitous Aberdeen boarding house.
As the drought deepened and subscriptions to his paper fell off, Baum gave up the "Saturday Pioneer" in April 1891 and moved his family to Chicago. Baum's experiences living in Aberdeen are believed to have provided the inspiration for many of the characters and stories in the OZ books.
Sarah, John, Max, Sam, Gerianne and Steve Pfeiffer
Sculptor Tom Bunkers
Location. 45° 29.586′ N, 98° 31.192′ W. Touch for map. Marker is located in Storybook Land which is part of Wylie Park. Storybook Land and the Land of Oz are open from April 15 to October 15 each season. Food concessions and amusement rides are open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Hours of rides and food concessions may vary after mid August. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2300 24th Ave NW, Aberdeen SD 57401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Leo J. Weber (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Great Northern Railroad Depot (approx. 2.6 miles away); GROW! Aberdeen, SD - Absolutely! Aberdeen (approx. 2.6 miles away); Baird Park (approx. 2.9 miles away); Aberdeen, South Dakota Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.4 miles away); Aberdeen, South Dakota Civil War Memorial (approx. 3½ miles away); Andrew Melgaard (approx. 3.8 miles away); F.W. Sallet and the Dakota Freie Presse (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Aberdeen.
Also see . . . Wylie Park and Storybook Land. (Submitted on January 14, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 14, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.