Does anyone recognize or know the literary significance of this location?
Very High Praise for anyone who guesses without looking it up. Its a toughy, however, and I am not sure how esoteric my interest is in this regard. However I was just reading this book to the kids for the first time since I read it as a child and I realized the technology now exists to let me virtually visit the setting of the story.
.. here is a Google Maps link
However you will get it faster ( and enjoy it more) if you use Google Earth and turn on Photos under layers.
Also note this Map is pretty much as it appears in the book, with North on the Left side, but missing some labeling that would probably make it too easy.
This may make it WAY to easy, but click here
to get a Google Earth KML file you can download