The Hollywood Sign

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The Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles, California is one of the United States’ most iconic sights. It rests on Mount Lee in the Hollywood Hills area of the Santa Monica Mountains and is composed of 45-foot-tall (14 m) and 350-foot-long (110 m) white letters.

It was created in 1923 as an advertisement for new housing development in the hills and originally read “HOLLYWOODLAND.” By 1978 the sign had significantly deteriorated, and a group of famous donors including Hugh Hefner, Gene Autry, and Alice Cooper, pooled their money to rescue the sign, one letter at a time.