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Elwood City
Elwood City from above
Location United States
Type City
Administrator Mayor Hirsch
First appearance Arthur's Nose (books)
"Arthur's Eyes" (TV series)

Elwood City is the main setting of the Arthur television series, books, and related media.

Originally founded in the early 1900s from a swampy lumber town, Elwood City has since grown to a population of 60,000 people. The metro area is home to a number of businesses, attractions and festivals, all of which serve the community and its people.


Getsmart -elwood swamp

Swampland before Elwood City was founded.

Main article: History of Elwood City

The history of Elwood City dates back to the 1800s, when Buffalo Bill passed through the city during his tour of the country performing for locals.[2] The city was officially founded in 1903 by Jacob Katzenellenbogan, who wanted it to be named Elmwood City.[3] The growth of the city was heavily influenced by the logging industry, transforming the area from swampland to a bustling city. Elwood City celebrated its centennial in 2003 with a historical school musical.



The mountainous terrain of the region.


The geographic area of Elwood City consists of mountains to the north, Moose Mountain the south, Bear Lake and Button Island to the west, and farmland to the east. The city itself is located in the formerly swampy valley between the mountainous areas. The city is in an area affected by tropical weather, as at least two hurricanes have impacted the region,[4][5] but all four seasons are experienced throughout the year.[6][7][8][9]

A highway interchange.


Aerial view of Elwood City.

The exact whereabouts of the city have never been explicitly stated, though it is generally considered to be in eastern North America.

Evidence for American location

Many places in Elwood City are a reference to locations in the Eastern United States.

  • The series contains many references to a President, but Canada is headed by a Prime Minister.
  • In Based on a True StoryLadonna Compson states that the drive from Louisiana to Elwood City is 16 hours long. That would mean Elwood City maybe in West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, southeastern New York State, and possibly southwestern, south central Pennsylvania, if they lived in the Eastern or Northern Louisiana.
  • Mill Creek Mall is a reference to Millcreek Mall in Pennsylvania, where Marc Brown was raised.

Evidence for Canadian location

There are various references throughout the series to a Canadian location. 

  • In "The Good, the Bad, and the Binky", a five dollar bill given to Binky is blue and a twenty given to him is green, characteristics of Canadian paper money. 
  • Oftentimes, Canadian flags can be spotted in the background of Mr. Ratburn's classroom.
  • In "The Secret Origin of Supernova", the comic book convention is in Durham Region, which is in Southern Ontario.
    The Long Road Home 100

    Map of Elwood City.

  • Montreal-City-Map.mediumthumb

    Map of Montreal, Quebec.

    The map of the Elwood City-Crown city region strongly resembles that of the Canadian city of Montreal, Quebec (both below).



  • Bowl City: A bowling alley. Catherine's 16th birthday party was held here.[10]
  • Mill Creek Mall is the main mall in Elwood City, featuring multiple stores and shops inside.
  • Perske's Kitchen Shop: A shop owned by Mrs. Perske where Arthur's dad bought a cake plate for a wedding he was catering.[11]
  • Crosswire Motors: An automobile dealership owned by Ed Crosswire. Arthur's mother Jane is a work-at-home tax accountant and one of Ed's employees. It is located in Northeast Elwood City.
  • Ice Cream Shop: An ice cream shop owned and operated by the Brain's mother, Mrs. Powers.
  • The Sugar Bowl: A dessert parlor where Arthur and his friends often go out for dessert. It is located in northeast Elwood City.
  • Salon de Beauté: A hair salon owned by Flossie, who is also a hairdresser, and the place where Muffy gets her hair done. The name of this place is French for "Beauty Salon", and it often plays French-style music inside.[12]
  • Tastee Cone: An unseen ice cream parlor and retailer where Francine purchased the lamp that involved an ice cream cone, shortly before it went out of business.[13]
  • Best Repair Shop: An automobile repair shop owned by a mechanic named Joe, who once attempted to repair the Read family's car.[14]
  • Jack's Joke Shop: A store that sells prank items, neighbored by the ice cream shop.
  • Meteor Comix: A comic book store where Arthur and D.W. bought their first comic books.
  • Chickin Lickin'/Sticky Chicken: a fried chicken restaurant chain. There is one store 5 minutes away from The Sugar Bowl, and one in the Mill Creek Mall.[15]
  • Billy's Burger Barn: a fast food, burger restaurant.
  • Manny's Diner: a diner owned by Manny. It is located near the city limit of Elwood City.[16]
  • Al's Pet Shop: A pet shop that Arthur and his friends often walk past.
  • Care to Ware: Formerly named "Elwood City Clothing Exchange", Muffy helped redesign the store.[17] It donates all of its profits to charity.
  • Hover Park: An indoor skydiving-type simulation, where the visitor can emulate riding a hoverboard. It is only seen in Arthur's dream at the Elwood City Planetarium, therefore it is not known if it exists in the true future.[18]
  • Wonderworld: An amusement park. Notable rides include the Hurl-a-Whirl[19] and The Buzzard.[20]
  • Loring Cinema: A movie theater.


There are at least fifteen schools in Elwood City,[3] but only seven have been identified by name.

  • Lakewood Elementary School: The school that Arthur and his friends attend. The interior includes offices, classrooms, a cafeteria, gymnasium, and a detention room only seen in the early seasons. Outside of the school there is a playground with a jungle gym that is "claimed" by the Tough Customers. There is also a baseball field, where games such as Lakewood vs. Mighty Mountain and 3rd Graders vs. 4th Graders are held.
  • Mighty Mountain Elementary School the rivals to Lakewood. Several Tough Customers went here before transferring to Lakewood. The school building is seen in the episode April 9th.
  • Glenbrook Academy a private school that Mr. Ratburn attended as a child. They went up against Lakewood in a medieval fair.[21]
  • Elwood City Preschool is a local preschool that D.W. attends with her friends. Her class is taught by Miss Morgan, the only known teacher. There is also a three-year-old class.[22]
  • Elwood City High School is/was a high school in Elwood City. Carl Manino and Thora Read attended it back in the 1950s.
  • PS 22 is a school in Elwood City that was mentioned in the episode Home Sweet Home by both Irwin and Sanjeev. It's unknown where the school is as it was never seen or mentioned again after the episode.
  • Estabrook is an elementary school. Not much is known about it, as its only appearance was when its soccer team faced against Lakewood's in "The Big Blow-Up". In fact, its name is only mentioned at all in the novelization of the episode.



  • Reads' House: A yellow Cape Cod-esque house with a green roof and two dormers where Arthur and his family reside. He has his room to himself in the right dormer, but D.W. and Kate share a room in the left dormer. They also own a pet dog named Pal. Its address is 562 Main Street.
  • Mr. Ratburn's House: A yellow house with a green roof, a brown front door, a green garage door, and green window shutters. Arthur's third grade teacher, Mr. Ratburn, resides there independently, although it is rarely seen.
  • Molinas' House: A purple house located right next door to the Read's house. Vicita and her family reside there. They also own a pet dog named Amigo. It was formerly owned by Susy Sipple from the books and early seasons, until the Molina family from Ecuador acquired it shortly after Susy moved out.[24]
  • Dattilos' House: A white house with light blue accents and a yellow front door. A blind girl named Marina and her mother reside there, and it is close to her best friend Prunella's house.
  • Barneses' House: A yellow house with a blue roof where Binky and his parents, and the newly adopted Mei-Lin reside.
  • Deegans' House: A pinkish-orange house with a purple roof where Prunella, her sister Rubella, and their mother Wanda reside.
  • Armstrongs' House : A gray house with a front porch with a balcony above it, an orange roof, a yellow front door with orange accents, and a green garage door. Sue Ellen and her parents reside there, and were one of the most recent families that moved to Elwood City.
Map - Fern's House

A street map of Elwood City specifically showing Fern's house.

  • Walterses' House: A white house with blue accents and a gray roof where Fern and her parents reside.
  • Lundgrens' House: A white house with brown accents, a gray roof, and a front porch. This is the house where George and his family reside.
  • Tibbles' house: A large pink house with a dark red roof and a cupola. The twins Tommy and Timmy Tibble reside with their grandmother Mrs. Tibble there, and also own a pet black cat. It is a few blocks from the Reads' house.
  • Crosswires' Mansion: A lavender and yellow mansion with a bluish-green roof, brown front doors, and a balcony above the front doors. It has twenty rooms, a colossal yard, and a swimming pool. It is the largest residence in town. Muffy and her family reside there, although her family is very small and she has only one brother, Chip. Their chauffeur and butler, Bailey, also lives there.
  • Westboro Apartments: A campus of apartment complexes owned by landlord Mr. Sanders. Francine and her family reside in Apartment #3 in the red complex. Like D.W. and Kate, Francine and Catherine share a room too. They also own a pet cat named Nemo. Another resident named Mrs. Pariso lives in Apartment #4 right next to the Frenskys, after she moved there in Francine Goes to War.
  • Powerses' House: A yellow house with a reddish-orange roof, two purple front doors, and a purple garage door where the Brain and his parents reside.
  • Elwood City Condominiums: A yellow condominium complex with a red roof, balconies, and porches. Buster and his mother Bitzi reside in one of the units, and Buster's Grandmother resides in another one.
  • Tree House: A private place inside a wooden structure built at the treetops above the tree trunk where Arthur and his friends hang out when doing homework, reading books, and spending time together; often done in peace and away from D.W. and her friends around her age. It is located next to the Mill Creek. The roof caved in from snow, but it was later fixed.[25]
  • MacDonalds' House: Where Molly and her family reside.
  • Morgans' House: Where Jenna and her parents live.
  • Compsons' House: A tan house where Ladonna and her family live in after moving from Louisiana.
  • Shady Pines Retirement Home: A senior living community, where Fritz Langley lives.


  • It is nicknamed "City of the Strawberries"[26] and has an annual Strawberry Festival.[27]
  • If Buster was talking about Elwood City in the opening of Binky Rules, then Elwood City is known as "the City of the Strawberries", hence the annual Strawberry Festival.
  • In Rhyme for Your Life, Binky describes himself as the "best poet in Elwood City." It is unknown if he still holds that position.
  • Various animals populate the city itself. Some animals in this city are in anthropomorphic form and some are in realistic animal form. For example, Arthur has a pet dog, Pal, and two friends who are dogs, Binky and Fern.

Panoramic Images


  1. "Elwood City: A Report"
  2. On This Spot
  3. 3.0 3.1 Elwood City Turns 100!
  4. Shelter from the Storm
  5. Arthur Goes to Camp
  6. The Blackout
  7. Ladonna Compson: Party Animal
  8. The Blizzard
  9. The Cherry Tree
  10. "Surprise!"
  11. "Flaw and Order"
  12. Francine's Bad Hair Day
  13. "Francine Redecorates"
  14. "Pick a Car, Any Car"
  15. "Sue Ellen Chickens Out"
  16. "Lost!"
  17. "Spoiled Rotten!"
  18. "D.W. and the Beastly Birthday"
  19. D.W.'s Imaginary Friend
  20. D.W. and Bud's Higher Purpose
  21. The Return of the King
  22. Blockheads
  23. Get Smart
  24. Arthur and Los Vecinos
  25. Castles in the Sky
  26. Buster calls it that in the beginning of "Binky Rules"
  27. "How the Cookie Crumbles"
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