The Hollywood Sign

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign #14

The Hollywood Sign as it appears from a trail in the Hollywood Hills in Hollywood, California
November 5th, 2006

Wikipedia: The Hollywood Sign (formerly the Hollywoodland Sign) is a landmark and American cultural icon located in Los Angeles, California. It is situated on Mount Lee, in the Hollywood Hills area of the Santa Monica Mountains. The sign overlooks Hollywood, Los Angeles.

“HOLLYWOOD” is spelled out in 45-foot (13.7 m)-tall white capital letters and is 350 feet (106.7 m) long. It was originally created in 1923 as an advertisement for a local real estate development, but it garnered increasing recognition after the sign was left up.[2] The sign was a frequent target of pranks and vandalism, but it has since undergone restoration, including the installation of a security system to deter vandalism. The sign is protected and promoted by The Trust For Public Land, a nonprofit organization, while its site and the surrounding land are part of Griffith Park.

From the ground, the contours of the hills give the sign a wavy appearance. When observed at a comparable altitude, the letters appear nearly level.

The sign makes frequent appearances in popular culture, particularly in establishing shots for films and television programs set in or around Hollywood. Signs of similar style, but spelling different words, are frequently seen as parodies. (See more at Wikipedia)

Photo by Oreos (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons 5 November 2006

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Beartooth Highway–Montana and Wyoming

(Music: Land of Promise, Terry Devine King, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, YouTube Audioswap)

We camped for two nights at a campground just outside of Billings, Montana on our 2007 late summer trip.  We hadn’t decided on what to do or where to go on our “non-travel” day.  Looking at the map, the Beartooth Highway looked like it might be interesting.  While it was a ways to go, we decided to check it out.

In hindsight, I have only one regret for taking the drive that day and it’s only that I wished we were camped closer to the beginning of the climb into the Beartooth Mountains, perhaps somewhere around Red Lodge, where the Beartooth Highway begins.  Other than that, the drive, said by some to be “the most beautiful drive in America,” was well worth it.

From Wikipedia:

The Beartooth Highway is the section of U.S. Highway 212 between Red Lodge, Montana and Cooke City, Montana. It traces a series of steep zigzags and switchbacks, along the Montana-Wyoming border to the 10,947 ft (3,337 m) high Beartooth Pass. The approximate elevation rise is from 5,200 ft (1,600 m) to 8,000 ft (2,400 m) in 12 mi (19 km) in the most daring landscapes.

When driving from the east to the west, the highest parts of the Beartooth Highway level off into a wide plateau near the top of the pass, and then descend to where the Beartooth Highway connects to the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway near Cooke City, which forms the northeast gateway to Yellowstone National Park. En route, one passes numerous lakes typical of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area which borders the highway along much of its route.

The highway officially opened June 14, 1936.

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Spring Blossoms on the Potomac

21st Century Digital #17

Washington Monument, Washington, D.C. 2007. April 2.

Photographer: Carol M. Highsmith

Medium: 1 photograph : digital, TIFF file, color.

Retrieved from the Library of Congress, http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2010630035/. (Accessed March 03, 2017.)

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Hammel Illinois on Route 66

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign #13

Entrance sign to Hamel, Illinois, Route 66. 2009.

Hamel is where the two Metro East alignments of Route 66 part ways, the earlier path heading through Edwardsville and Mitchell towards the Chain of Rocks Bridge and the Show Me State. The later corridor heads further south towards Troy and Collinsville before heading into Missouri from East Saint Louis.

Photograph retrieved from the Library of Congress, www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2010630493/. (Accessed April 03, 2017.)

Highsmith, Carol M, photographer.

Medium: 1 photograph : digital, TIFF file, color.

Call Number: LC-DIG-highsm- 04508 (ONLINE) [P&P]

Notes:
Title, date, and subjects provided by the photographer.
Credit line: Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
Gift and purchase; Carol M. Highsmith; 2009; (DLC/PP-2010:031).
Forms part of: Carol M. Highsmith’s America Project in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive.

Highsmith, a distinguished and richly published American photographer, has donated her work to the Library of Congress since 1992. Starting in 2002, Highsmith provided scans or photographs she shot digitally with new donations to allow rapid online access throughout the world. Her generosity in dedicating the rights to the American people for copyright free access also makes this Archive a very special visual resource.

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Devils Tower

America’s First National Monument

This was our second visit to Devils Tower. Our first was an abbreviated, quick visit-and-get back-on-the-road side trip on our way home from a western vacation. On this 2007 visit, we stayed 3 nights at the Devils Tower KOA campground, just outside the entrance station to the monument. One of the trails that we took was a trail that goes all the way around the base of Devils Tower.

Devils Tower is a sacred site to many American Indian tribes. All along the trail could be seen Indian prayer offerings (bundles and cloths). The other trail we took was a full moon hike with a park ranger. I did have a couple of good images that turned out from that night, but they were from after we got back to the camper. One of them is the last image of the video slide show at the beginning of this post. Photos (from top to bottom):

  1. Prayer bundle in the forest at the base of Devils Tower
  2. A scene from Close Encounters of the Third Kind in one of the prefab buildings on the military base set up at the entrance station.
  3. Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss), Jillian Guiler (Melinda Dillon), and Larry Butler (Josef Sommer) run towards Devils Tower, Close Encounters of the Third Kind scene right at the entrance station to the monument.
  4. Devils Tower National Monument entrance station.

It’s interesting, now, how familiar much of the scenery in the movie is now, including some of the scenery outside the park.  The area where the military encampment is shown to be in the movie is now the site of several better than average touristy type shops.

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From Wikipedia:

Devils Tower (Lakota: Mato Tipila, which means “Bear Lodge”) is a monolithic igneous intrusion or volcanic neck located in the Black Hills near Hulett and Sundance in Crook County, northeastern Wyoming, above the Belle Fourche River. It rises dramatically 1,267 feet (386 m) above the surrounding terrain and the summit is 5,112 feet (1,558 m) above sea level.

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Monument Valley

21st Century Digital #16

Monument Valley View, Arizona. 2009. May 4.

Monument Valley (Navajo: Tsé Biiʼ Ndzisgaii, meaning valley of the rocks) is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1,000 ft (300 m) above the valley floor. It is located on the Arizona–Utah border (around 36°59′N 110°6′WCoordinates: 36°59′N 110°6′W), near the Four Corners area. The valley lies within the range of the Navajo Nation Reservation and is accessible from U.S. Highway 163.

Monument Valley has been featured in many forms of media since the 1930s. Director John Ford used the location for a number of his best-known films, and thus, in the words of critic Keith Phipps, “its five square miles [13 square kilometers] have defined what decades of moviegoers think of when they imagine the American West.” (Wikipedia)

Photographer: Carol M. Highsmith

Medium: 1 photograph : digital, TIFF file, color.

Retrieved from the Library of Congress, http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2010630002/. (Accessed March 02, 2017.)

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Groceries, Meats, and Feed

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign #12

J. G. Rees & Sons, Groceries, Meats, and Feed, Topeka, Kansas.

J. G. Rees & Sons, Groceries, Meats, and Feed, Topeka, Kansas.

Grocery store specializing in feed and seed. Topeka, Kansas. 1938. Oct. Photograph retrieved from the Library of Congress, www.loc.gov/pictures/item/fsa1997003677/PP/. (Accessed April 03, 2017.)

Vachon, John, photographer.

Call Number: LC-USF33- 001241-M2 [P&P]

Part of: Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress)

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Deadwood, South Dakota, and Spearfish Highway

Back in 2007, the day we decided to visit Deadwood, South Dakota, turned out to be during the “Kool Deadwood Nights” festival. 2007 08 26 235ed We had no idea that there was anything special going on until we got there. When we had trouble finding a place to park, we almost decided to head on down the road to see other places and sights. Deadwood’s Main Street was filled with the chairs of people who were planning to attend the night’s entertainment. We have no idea who was performing that night and we were not prepared to stay that late.

Kool Deadwood Nights: Car lovers come together for four days full of classic cars, classic music and classic fun. It’s a 50’s and 60’s sock hop—Deadwood style. Enjoy parades, show and shines and FREE concerts on Main Street featuring the biggest names in rock ‘n roll history.1

Deadwood, named for dead trees found there when it was established, was illegally settled in the 1870s in territory granted to native tribes in the 1868 Treaty of Laramie. An expedition led by George Armstrong Custer in 1874 announce the discovery of gold in the Black Hills. The news, of course, triggered a gold rush, and gave rise to the lawless town of Deadwood. imageThe town’s early history forms the basis for the storyline of the HBO TV series named Deadwood.

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Deadwood references:

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1 Deadwood Chamber of Commerce.

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Honolulu

21st Century Digital #15

Aerial view of Waikiki Beach and Honolulu, Hawaii, 2005

Photographer: Carol M. Highsmith

Medium: 1 photograph : digital, TIFF file, color.

Retrieved from the Library of Congress, http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2009634056/. (Accessed March 02, 2017.)

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Abbey Road

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign #11

Graffiti covered Abbey Road street sign, London (photographed in 2000.

Graffiti covered Abbey Road street sign, London (photographed in 2000.)

Photograph by Sander Lamme (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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