Where in Kansas did Dorothy live?
It’s never made clear. In the books, the only clue given is in The Road to Oz, where it is revealed that she lives near Butterfield. Only trouble is, there is no real town named Butterfield in Kansas. Another clue Baum gave us — but not in the books — comes from some publicity material for his 1904-05 comic page, “Queer Visitors from the Marvelous Land of Oz.” In a letter to her old friends, Dorothy’s address is given as “Uncle Henry’s Farm, Near Topeka.” Aunt Em also refers to a Topeka hotel in The Emerald City of Oz, which some Ozmologists have taken to mean that the farm was near there, but all it tells me is that Aunt Em once stayed in a hotel in Topeka. No clue is given in The Movie, but in Return to Oz, she lives just outside of Franklin, and Dr. Worley’s clinic is located in Cottonwood Falls. Both of these town really do exist in Kansas — but Cottonwood Falls is about halfway between Topeka and Wichita, in east-central Kansas, while Franklin is in the southeastern part of the st