Saturday, January 3, 2015
Dorothy's House- Liberal, Kansas
The truth of the matter is that ever since MGM released the film in 1939, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" has become the unofficial state song of Kansas- much like the good citizens of West Virginia adopted John Denver's 1971 hit "Take me Home Country Roads". Even though Dorothy Gale refers to her beloved Kansas several times in the movie, the most famous being "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore", she never does come out and say which town in Kansas was home.
An old farm house from a few miles outside of the city limits was located and determined to look close enough to the prop used in the movie, so they hauled it in to town to set up a museum and a place for fans of the movie to stop and spend their money. The house was built in 1907, and was not actually used in the movie. The house in the movie was built on a set in Hollywood and nothing remains of it.
There's a museum on site and for a small admission fee, you can follow a blue-checked gingham dress wearing Dorothy look-alike tour guide around, complete with ruby slippers, and learn more about the movie and the farmhouse. Our kids had way too much energy to burn, so we opted to just follow the yellow-brick path instead. They had a great time running around the grounds, playing on the playground, and looking at the replicas of the Lion, Scarecrow, and Tinman. The Tinman was created by a shop class at the local high school. My wife enjoyed the lion drinking fountain and the memories it brought back from her youth of the similar one at the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Pancake Day celebration. So whether the street gathered its name from the celebration, or from the fact that it is flat as a pancake in western Kansas, I can't say, but if you find out let me know!
Nearest City: Liberal, Kansas
Location: 567 East Cedar Street, Liberal, KS 67901
Time Needed: 15 min to 1 hour
Kid Friendly: yes
Additional Info: www.dorothyshouse.com