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Oz Park

 
 
Oz Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 28, 2011
1. Oz Park Marker
Inscription. Oz Park was created in 1974, as part of an renewal program for the Lincoln Park area. Historically, the neighborhood underwent numerous population shifts and by the 1950s home ownership was declining and many buildings were in sub-standard condition. The Lincoln Park Conservation Association approached the City of Chicago, and a large section of the community was designated as the Lincoln Park Urban Renewal Area. As part of the Urban Renewal Plan, a 13 acre site was identified for a new park. The city council approved the sale of property in 1967, however, the Chicago Park District was not able to acquire the land until 1974.

The 1976, the park was officially named Oz Park in honor of Lyman Frank Baum, the author of the The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Baum (1856-1919) settled in Chicago in 1891 several miles west of what is now the park. He held a number of different jobs before he began writing childrenís books in 1897, when he was in his mid-forties. In all, Baum wrote more than 60 books including 14 Oz books. Five of Baumís books including The Wonderful Wizard of Oz were illustrated by W.W. Denslow, a well-known Chicago cartoonist. In 1939, The Wizard of Oz was immortalized by the production of the MGM movie, which is still a classic today.
 
Location. 41° 55.305′ N, 87° 

Detail from the Oz Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 28, 2011
2. Detail from the Oz Park Marker
This was an advertisement for the book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, illustrated by W.W. Denslow and published in 1900. Courtesy of the Chicago Historical Society
38.646′ W. Marker is in Chicago, Illinois, in Cook County. Marker is at the intersection of West Webster Street and North Larrabee Street on West Webster Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 601 West Webster Street, Chicago IL 60614, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Melamerson Athletic Field (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lion House, Lincoln Park Zoo (approx. half a mile away); Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool (approx. 0.6 miles away); Landmark Landings (approx. 0.6 miles away); “Rites of Spring” (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hidden Truths (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chicago.
 
Also see . . .  L. Frank Baum - Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 26, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
 
Additional keywords. L. Frank Baum
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicNotable Places
 
Oz Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 28, 2011
3. Oz Park Marker
The Scarecrow Statue in Oz Park image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 28, 2011
4. The Scarecrow Statue in Oz Park
The Tin Man Statue in Oz Park image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 28, 2011
5. The Tin Man Statue in Oz Park
The Cowardly Lion Statue in Oz Park image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 28, 2011
6. The Cowardly Lion Statue in Oz Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 26, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 667 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 26, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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