4) Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles
It began as a real-estate advertisement to sell upscale homes in the Los Angeles area. Now, it’s one of the most photographed and filmed attractions in southern California. Situated on Mount Lee in the Santa Monica Mountains, it’s revered as a symbol of glamour and fame. In the mid-1940’s the developer sold the last 450 acres, which included the sign. Now, it’s part of Griffith Park, a popular spot for tourists and locals alike. The original sign had deteriorated and been made new again quite a few times over the years. In 1978 it was torn down, rebuilt completely, and declared an historic landmark. Hugh Hefner threw a fundraiser at his Playboy Mansion and other celebrities sponsored letters to raise the $250,000 needed for the restoration. In 2010, Hugh Hefner also presented the Hollywood Sign Trust with the remaining needed funds to purchase the 138 acres behind the sign.
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