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The Story of Mount Lee

The Hollywood Sign sits atop Mount Lee, a peak so strangely flat its apex comfortably props up a communications facility. Its shape is no accident, Nathan Masters explains, but the dream of pioneering early filmmaker Mack Sennett and his attempt to build a palace into the hill. He paid to flatten the round mountain, but then lost his fortune before he could build the mansion. [KCET, image via LA Public Library]