Mount Lee and Hollywood Sign (2007)

A sunset view of Mount Lee and the famous Hollywood Sign from Griffith Observatory.

The 512-meter-high mountain was named for Don Lee, a broadcasting pioneer and car dealer in Los Angeles. He started the first FM radio station in the Western United States and an early television station, both of which broadcast from the prominent tower on the mountain. The tower now carries only private microwave relays.

The Hollywood Sign started out as an advertisement for the Hollywoodland real estate development in 1923. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce removed the last four letters in 1949 and took on responsibility for its maintenance. By 1978 the original wooden sign had deteriorated enough to require replacement. Nine individual donors— one for each letter— paid for the current painted steel version.

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