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Hollywood sign from from Beachwood Drive.
Hollywood Sign. on top Mount Lee. Hollywood Hills. The
Hollywood sign perhaps the most famous sign in the world is perched on top Mount
Lee's Beachwood Canyon, LA's tallest peak. Erected in 1923 to advertise a
property development, the original 50 ft. high letters spelt out Hollywoodland
and were lit up at night by 1000's of light bulbs. A caretaker cared for the
Hollywood sign and lived in a cabin behind one of the L's. The last four letters
of the sign were removed in the 40's after Hollywood had become the worlds movie
capital. The Hollywood sign can be seen from various high points all over town
including Griffith Observatory, Mullholland Drive, Hollywood Freeway(101) etc.
But for the best view head north up Gower St. from Sunset or Hollywood Blvd's,
the Hollywood sign will be directly ahead of you. To get really close just keep
driving north, onto Beachwood Drive, the sign will be in front of you and
be getting closer all the time. You will eventually get to within 100 yds. of
the Hollywood sign where you can get some great photo's using the sign as a
backdrop. Unfortunately you cannot now get any closer to the Hollywood sign as a
locked gate and added security has now been added to keep trespassers out.
Further information and the complete history of the Hollywood sign, including old photographs can be found on the official Hollywood sign website www.hollywoodsign.org