Originally Posted By Thunderbolt:
what city and state was "LEAVE it to BEAVER" portraying? I always thought it was a suburban town somewhere in California? it never snowed in the town they lived in.
, Ohio, I believe. I'm looking for confirmation.
On 485 Grant Avenue in Mayfield. Later on, they moved to 211 Pine.
2) Where was Mayfield located?
The producers did not locate Mayfield in any particular state. They wanted Mayfield to be the suburb all viewers related to and thought they lived in. Hence, the producers went out of there way to avoid any suggestion of Mayfield being associated with any particular state. In one episode, the producers removed all of the destination cities from a reader board at a bus station to prevent viewers from guessing where Mayfield was located by finding its neighboring cities. Although there are eight Mayfields in the US, none of those Mayfields correspond to the characteristics of the Mayfield in Leave It To Beaver. Jerry Mathers often gets requests from the various Mayfields around the US asking Jerry to proclaim their Mayfield as the official LITB Mayfield.
3) Where might Mayfield be located?
Even though Mayfield isn't located in any state, it's still fun to find the clues and speculate. The show contains numerous, contradictory clues.
Most importantly, LITB was written by several different writers, all of whom borrowed from their own childhood and families to compose stories. So, there is no consistency. It's certainly not like the writers had one particular Mayfield in mind and kept it as a closely guarded secret.
In the Voodoo Curse episode, there is an Ohio state banner in Eddie Haskell's’s room. In The Boat Builders, Ward Cleaver states that they "live twenty minutes from the ocean.". In other shows, they talk about visiting California and an Uncle who lives in Florida. When the Cleavers get away for the weekend at Friends Lake with its 30+ foot pine trees, one can be sure the Cleaver's are not in flat and baron states of New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas.
In one show, Wally’s high school teachers offers to take a group of students to Mexico for a summer trip. One can speculate that given a choice of two neighboring countries of Canada and Mexico, the closer country would probably be chosen. Therefore, the Cleavers lived closer to Mexico than to Canada.
In another show, the boys are interested in a surf board. This would be a little use in the Midwest states, but of great interest in ocean bordering states. Or, more accurately, this demonstrates how the writers borrowed from their own experiences to compose stories.
In yet another show, Ms. Landers explains how the new school bus will pick you up no matter where you leave. "Even in Chicago?" asks Larry. Another speculation is a kid would likely mention the closest major city that casts a shadow on the suburb of Mayfield. Therefore, Mayfield might be around Chicago.
In another episode, Beaver was leaving on a 6 week vacation, and was beginning to have second thoughts when Gilbert was flirting with his girlfriend. Gilbert offered to show how to offer the girl to surf, eluding to a nearby ocean.
In the earlier episodes, Larry's dad was always traveling to Cincinnati on bus.
Of course, the show makes numerous mentions to neighboring cities and communities, and even street names, that would correspond with the Mayfield located in Ohio. Ohio is always the most popular speculation.
In one of the episodes Wally takes the Beaver to the new amusement park with his friends, to ride on The Giant Dipper. The Giant Dipper is located in Santa Cruz but it is also in San Diego and in Chippewa Lake, Ohio. It is obvious that the contradictions are done on purpose. If they live in Mayfield, Ohio it would have taken Wally 1 hour and 13 minutes to drive to Chippewa Lake, That isn't far but for a teen taking his little brother to a park it would probably be out of the question.
More for Ohio: Especially after watching episodes #116 ³Beaver's Team² and #146³Wally's Dream Girl². In each of these shows, Ward makes references to Shaker Heights, which is about 15 minutes from Mayfield. Also, there is a Grant Avenue, and Mayfield Village used to be farmland
around the time when Ward would have been a boy.
One fan writes to me: It was not California because the people who owned the Haunted house in "Mistaken Identity" moved to California. They are not from Indiana because the new student (young blond girl) that Wally had a crush on, that Mrs. Cleaver invited on the picnic to Friends Lake was from Indianapolis Indiana or "one of those states." This seemed to eliminate Ohio, though the checkbook evidence seems quite positive proof. Illinois Ohio, Indiana seem to be one of those states.
Another fan is sure this is where Beaver actually lived. He states: 'I live in Cleveland and the references made in the episodes can't be any where else. Grant Avenue, Mayfield, and all the other bits of information indicate Mayfield Ohio. We do have a Mayfield Ohio. '
Finally, closely inspecting the prop checks used in the 1997 Leave It To Beaver movie shows an Ohio address of "211 Pine Street, Mayfield, Ohio."
The reality may be less glamour and more practical. Looking at the occasional exterior shots on Leave It To Beaver, Mayfield’s neighborhood looks pretty like the Pacific area, right around the region where Leave It To Beaver was filmed in Hollywood, California.