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In the movie of "The Wizard of Oz", the beginning of the Yellow Brick Road is entwined with the beginning of a Red Brick Road. The Yellow Brick Road led to the Emerald City. Where did the Red Brick Road go?

Movie still showing the ed and yellow brick roads

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Damn that's a good question –  WOPR Apr 24 '13 at 10:42
I'd always assumed that the red brick was just the 'background' of the place where the yellow brick road starts. –  DJClayworth Apr 24 '13 at 13:37
I always wondered why Dorothy skipped around the spiral instead of saying, "Pardon me, I'll just start over there where it straightens out." –  Kyralessa Jun 24 '13 at 20:20
It leads to a wicked and vile place known as Detroit. –  John O Jul 12 '13 at 2:28
Finally! An answer! fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/… –  K-H-W Jul 28 '13 at 18:33

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Interestingly, I have two (possibly conflicting) answers.

From Wikipedia:

In the 1939 film, a red brick road can be seen starting at the same point as the Yellow Brick Road but going in a different direction. This road does not exist in the books.

From Askville.Amazon.com:

No one knows for sure....

In the original series of Oz books written by L. Frank Baum the red brick road goes to the Quadling Country in Oz. Red is the Quadlings' state color.

In his books, the Land of Oz was divided into four quadrants and each was designated a particular color: Winkie Country = Yellow, Gillikin Country = Purple, Munchkin Country = Blue, and Quadling Country = Red. Glinda the Good was the ruler of the Quadlings in L. Frank Baum's Oz series. As her bubble floats away from Munchkinland in the 1939 film, it appears to be following the red brick road. Therefore, the red brick road most likely leads back to her homeland, Quadling Country.

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I'm inclined to go with the answer from Askville, since it may simply mean that the road wasn't in the Munchkin town in the books. (I haven't read any of them)

Thanks to Pixel's link, I also did some searching through the books. Not only is he and Wikipedia right in that a "red brick" road is never mentioned, there is a passage that specifically suggests that the road is not red - from The Patchwork Girl of Oz, 84% down the webpage (near the beginning of chapter 25, bolding mine):

Not that the trees and grasses were red, but the fences and houses were painted that color and all the wild-flowers that bloomed by the wayside had red blossoms. This part of the Quadling Country seemed peaceful and prosperous, if rather lonely, and the road was now more distinct and easier to follow.

The map above does appear to be correct, however. The Quadling country is, in general, associated with the color red, and is located in the South. So I feel it's pretty likely that the movie made some slight alterations, such that the yellow brick roads all eventually led to the Winkie country (and from Munchkin country, meant you'd go right through the Emerald City), and the red brick road to the Quadling country. If the movie encompassed more, a purple brick road and a blue brick road may have been added as well.

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I just did a full-text search for the string "red brick" in the digital version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz on Project Gutenberg, and there are no hits. I did quick search through all the other books with Oz in the title and didn't find any hits there either, so this road doesn't seem to be discussed in the books. (See gutenberg.org/ebooks/search/?query=oz) –  Pixel Jun 18 '12 at 23:49
@Pixel Interesting, but I'm getting a 403 Forbidden from that link, apparently due to overzealous bot protections. If you look closely at the image, it says in the bottom right, "The International Wizard of Oz Club". Could there be extra canon material, or would that not have been made by Baum? –  Izkata Jun 19 '12 at 0:05
@Pixel Overzealous indeed, seems to have been based on IP address. I can see it now. –  Izkata Jun 19 '12 at 0:11
@Pixel Added/changed some of it based on searching through the books –  Izkata Jun 19 '12 at 1:08
There is one confused aspect in the movie. In the books, there are two good witches: Glinda in the south and another in the north. They were combined in the movie into a single character Glinda, the Good Witch of the North. Also, Iskata, there is additional canon material not written by Baum. The Wikipedia article does an ok job of sorting out which of the many books are/are not canon. –  Donald.McLean Jun 19 '12 at 10:35

It has been years since I read the Wonderful Wizard of Oz (from my grandmother's book case). I vaguely seem to remember that the book suggested that from Munchkin Land there were THREE roads from where Dorothy left on her adventure: the Yellow, the Red, and the purple.

I have also read somewhere the roads were colored so that the Munchkins knew their directions, inferring they were not totally compass wise. Another reference seems to suggest that the Four Roads of Oz also met up at the center of The Emerald city as well - which infers that there had to have been Four main doors to the city.

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Sorry, the original book only mentions "the" Yellow Brick Road, no other colors. It's later books that mention there's a 2nd yellow brick road in Munchkinland (they split near the poppy fields outside the Emerald City, near Restwater Lake). The movie adds the Red Brick Road, as well as the intersection where Dorthy meets the Scarecrow. –  Chris S Feb 10 at 4:58

The Core Rulebook for the RPG "Oz Dark and Terrible" is a compilation of all of the facts from Baum's books with the exception of Dorothy's arrival into Oz(due to the fact that her arrival was such a huge catalyst for change). In the back of the book it has a map of all of Oz and it make no mention of a red brick road, but instead shows not one but five yellow brick roads throughout Oz.

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I don't believe this is an answer; moswt likely solution is to make it a comment. –  wbogacz Apr 24 '13 at 10:33
For what it's worth, The Wonderful Wiki of Oz implies that many, if not most of the facts from that game to be less than completely accurate to Baum's version. –  phantom42 Apr 24 '13 at 12:42

I believe that the red brick road leads to the Quadling country and that there should be two more roads: the purple and blue brick roads to lead to Winkie country and back to Munchkin country. Besides that I don't have a clue.

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Looks like this answer is based on this map. –  Keen Jun 23 '13 at 4:47

I believe it leads to the Witch of the East's castle (the one that was crushed by Dorothy's house).

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Why would they build a road to a place they don't want anyone to go? –  Monty129 Jul 12 '13 at 10:02
If you could give some objective arguments in favor of your idea... but just dropping "I think that..." is not a good idea on this site. –  Kalissar Jul 12 '13 at 10:46

The red brick road leads her in another direction than helping the three mystery characters she has to help before getting home!

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Welcome to the site! Please consider editing your answer to clarify your meaning and give your sources. –  Damien May 26 '13 at 19:53

It leads back to kansas. But they told her to take the yellow one to defeat the wicked witch of the west.

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Source? I've never heard that –  SSumner Apr 1 '13 at 4:35
Makes me think of the Worm in Labyrinth. "If she'd 'ave kept on goin' down that way she'd 'ave gone straight to that castle." -- that being said, I suspect this is trolling. –  K-H-W Feb 12 at 15:59

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