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1904 — Author L. Frank Baum

Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum traveled to Coronado repeatedly between 1904 and 1910, where he usually resided at the Hotel del Coronado for months at a time. He wrote at least three books in the Oz series during that period ("Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz" 1908, "The Road to Oz" 1909, and "The Emerald City" 1910), and also is said to have designed the crown chandeliers in the famous Crown Room. In a 1905 poem about Coronado, Baum wrote: "And every day her loveliness, shines pure, without a flaw; new charms entrance our every glance, and fill our souls with awe!"