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Five Shocking Secrets About The Hollywood Sign

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There’s no way to talk about Hollywood without mentioning its iconic sign. The sign has been the background of countless images for nearly 100 years. Unfortunately, most people don’t know the story behind one of the biggest attractions in the United States. Here are five secrets surrounding this massive landmark.

This Land Is Your Land

Back in the day, the sign originally read Hollywoodland. In 1923, the sign was erected to draw attention to a new housing development in the area. The sign, which included flashing letters and a searchlight, cost around $21,000. In 1949, the “Land” part of the sign was removed to comply with the City of Los Angeles Parks Department.

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A Tourist Delight

Getting to the Hollywood sign is easier said than done. Not many people have gotten close enough to touch it. Many tourists are only allowed to view it from a distance. With so many people in the area, residents nearby dread having their parking spaces taken. A proposed tramway to the sign is currently being looked at by the city.

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Some A-List Generosity

In 1978, the sign was in serious need of restoration. Fortunately, a slew of celebrities donated some cash to give it new life. Nine celebrities donated $27,777.77 each, which equaled the $250,000 needed. Among the donors were singer Alice Cooper, producer Giovanni Mazza, and actor Gene Autry.

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Some Unwanted Transformations

With the help of pranksters, the sign has made some changes over the years. Daniel N. Finegood is best known for several of his alterations on the sign. His biggest one was during the Gulf War when he altered it to read “Oil War.” Other alterations include “Holywood” for Pope John Paul II’s visit and “Caltech” for California Institute of Technology.

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Broadcasting To The World

The sign sits on a land named after a popular broadcaster and auto dealer. In 1926, Don Lee decided to run radio programs from the top of the Santa Monica Mountains. The Don Lee Network ran original material such as Queen For A Day and Heart’s Desire. The section was renamed Mount Lee after Lee purchased the area.

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Neverland Ranch is Back On The Market: Take A Look Around the Amusement Park

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Famous People In History Whose Identities Remain Unknown

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