Unknown Stories of WNY: The Man Behind The Wizard Had Ties To Allegany County Years before The Wizard of Oz sprang from L. Frank Baum’s imagination, he was imagining wealth of a different kind. He and his father made their home in the Allegany County town of Richburg. It, like many other Allegany County and Northern Pennsylvania communities, was enjoying instant wealth. Richburg was a small farming hamlet, until 1881 that is. A group of businessmen formed the Richburg Oil Company and bought 90 acres of farm land. On April 27, 1881 a crowd gathered to witness the first shooting of the well. It was a geyser. The well produced 250 barrels in the first hours, then settled in to about 50 barrels a day. That discovery led to a rush on the area. Towns of a few hundred people grew to thousands. Among the many who came here in search of fortunes was Benjamin Baum. He and his son Frank ran a skimming company. As oil wells were struck,much of the product wound up in the creeks. Baum & son went into business skimming and recovering oil from the streams.
3 Series To Take You Back to Oz After ‘Emerald City’ s Cancellation For those of us who enjoy a journey to the Land of Oz, the recent cancellation of NBC’s #EmeraldCity felt truly wicked. Sure, it wasn’t a perfect season, but what first season is? The unique, adult-oriented take on #Oz showed promise and left us anticipating all that would happen in season two, but now we’re left stranded at the end of the rainbow –– or are we? While there is no planned return to Oz on television, we continue to get fresh content through the original Wizard of Oz medium –– literature. Since L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was released 117 years ago, this merry old magical land has been the setting for numerous novels; some of which were released just this year. Thanks to the freedom that comes with Oz being under public domain, authors have the ability to reimagine, recreate, and elaborate on Baum’s creations. Of all the books that have arrived in the wake of Dorothy’s first trip to Oz, three recent titles offer up fresh and exciting new narratives. If you are reeling from the loss of Emerald City, or just looking for a way back to Oz, these series maybe be just what you need.