Where in Kansas Did Dorothy Live?

Many people want to know where in Kansas Dorothy lived. The answer may surprise you!

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The Land of Oz

In the heart of the Flint Hills, atop Mountalia lies the Land of Oz. This is where Dorothy Gale lived with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. When Dorothy is mysteriously transported from her farm home in Kansas to the Land of Oz, she learns that her house has landed on and killed the Wicked Witch of the East.

L. Frank Baum’s books

L. Frank Baum was an American author of children’s books, best known for writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen other novels in the Oz series, as well as nine other fantasy novels, ranging from historical fiction to science fiction.

The Wizard of Oz (1939 film)

The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and the most well-known and commercially successful adaptation based on the 1900 children’s book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. It was directed primarily by Victor Fleming (who left production to take over direction on the troubled Gone with the Wind production), although he was replaced uncredited by George Cukor for two weeks of shooting schedule due to physical exhaustion. Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf received credit for the screenplay, but there were uncredited contributions by David D. Parker, Harold Arlen (music) and E. Y. Harburg (lyrics). The film stars Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale, alongside Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke and Margaret Hamilton with Charley Grapewin as Uncle Henry, Pat Walshe as Nikko the Winged Monkey and Toto as himself. Notable for its use of Technicolor, fantasy storytelling and musical sequences, as well as its memorable soundtrack heard almost throughout the film in its entirety, The Wizard of Oz is widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made; in 1989 it was preserved by the Library of Congress in the National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically and aesthetically significant”.

Dorothy Gale lives with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry on a farm in Kansas during the early 1900s. One day, while she is sewing with her Aunt in their farmhouse living room near morning’s end, a tornado suddenly appears outside without warning; fearing for their safety amid the high winds and airborne debris striking their farmhouse walls, Dorothy’s aunt tells her to go into the storm cellar with Toto. As Dorothy enters into it from outside via its trapdoor located in their backyard while holding tight onto Toto who is inside a small basket she is carrying him in with both hands at chest level; seconds later after having fully descended down into it via its dark wooden stairway leading down below street level where it suddenly becomes pitch black once she has finally arrived at the bottom after finishing descending down all fifteen steps leading down into it; upon reaching its bottom floor level whereupon she then proceeds to close/shut both halves of its heavy metal double door entrance behind her while still standing on top of them so as to prevent them from slamming shut due to being blown closed/shut by high winds outside if not done so; upon having now done that and seconds later soon afterwards once both halves are now completely closed/shut; emerging from out of nowhere suddenly appears before her an enormous cyclone whirling rapidly clockwise around inside this small enclosed space tightly confining itself within these four gray stone walls forming a perfect square around it leaving no room whatsoever for anything else besides just this one thing inside this space with Dorothy being right smack dab in middle of it standing directly underneath where its eye is located; while all this is going on outside we see footage shot from high above showing Aunt Em desperately clutching onto Uncle Henry while they both along with their farmhands desperately cling onto whatever they can find that might possibly prevent them from being blown away/off their feet by high winds or becoming airborne themselves or getting hit/struck violently by anything else that might possibly become airborne within these high winds potentially causing serious bodily injury or even death if not careful enough)

Dorothy’s Home in Kansas

Dorothy lived on a farm in Kansas with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. The farm wasn’t very big, but it had enough room for Dorothy and her family. One day, a tornado hit the farm and Dorothy was sent flying through the air.

The farmhouse in the film

In the film, the farmhouse is shown as a white clapboard house with a red roof, situated in the midst of a wheat field. In reality, the house used for exterior shots was located in Victorville, California. It was moved to the Twentieth Century Fox backlot after filming and still stands there today.

The interior shots of the farmhouse were filmed on a soundstage at the MGM studios in Culver City, California. The house was designed to appear small from the outside but have enough space inside to film all of the necessary scenes. The set included a kitchen, parlor, and bedroom, along with a hallway and staircase.

The real-life farmhouse

Although the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz” is set in a fantasy land, the opening scene takes place in Kansas. In fact, all of Dorothy’s scenes prior to her arrival in Oz were shot in the sunshine state. One of the most memorable Kansas locations is Dorothy’s farmhouse, which was filmed at an actual farmhouse near Marion, Kansas.

The farmhouse used for exterior shots of Dorothy’s home was owned by Henry J. and Edna Garst at the time. The Garst family allowed MGM to film on their property and even renovate their farmhouse to match the fictional one from the movie. After filming wrapped, the Garsts kept many of the changes made to their home, such as the door that opens into thin air and a window located where a fireplace had previously been.

Visitors can still see Dorothy’s real-life farmhouse today. The Henry and Edna Garst museum is located onsite and includes many original artifacts from “The Wizard of Oz” movie set, as well as other items related to Henry Garst’s years as a cattle breeder.

Other Places in Kansas

Dorothy lived in Kansas, but there are many other places in Kansas. Wichita is the largest city in Kansas, and it is known for its art and culture. Olathe is another city in Kansas that is known for its family-friendly atmosphere. Kansas City is the largest city in Missouri, but it is right on the border of Kansas.

The Land of Oz theme park

The Land of Oz is a theme park that is located in Beech Mountain, North Carolina. The park is based on the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz and it features a replica of the ruby slippers that Dorothy wore in the movie. The park also has a museum that is dedicated to the history of the film and its production.

The Oz Museum

The Oz Museum is a museum dedicated to the Land of Oz and the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. It is located in Wamego, Kansas, United States.
The museum opened on June 21, 2004, in a renovated 1908 hardware store. It includes exhibits on the history of Oz and the Land of Oz theme park, as well as several items from the film. Visitors can also take a tour of the museum’s replica of Dorothy’s house from the film.


Based on the evidence presented, it is most likely that Dorothy lived in either the town of Liberal or the city of Wichita.

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