La Jolla has been celebrated in pop culture since 1911. In fact, many La Jollans may be unaware how often their daily lives intersect with the landmarks that inspired popular books, songs, movies and TV shows.
Literary La Jolla
L. Frank Baum, author of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and a frequent La Jolla vacationer in the early 1900s, made La Jolla the setting for 1911’s “The Sea Fairies” and its two sequel short stories. Baum never named his idyllic setting, concentrating most of the action underwater, but there were undeniable clues.
Trot, the heroine, lived in a small cottage on bluffs above seven caves resembling those at La...