Call me obsessive or retentive or a stickler for details or a factual error narc or all four together, but I’ve been left muddled by an otherwise spectacular lead photograph (above) of the about-to-grandly-reopen Griffith Observatory by Damon Winter on the front page of today’s L.A. Times because of its accompanying caption, which I believe incorrectly states that the landmark “is seen from Dante’s Peak in Griffith Park at sunset.”
They got the Griffith Park and sunset parts right, but for the life of me I’ve never before heard of a Dante’s Peak (with the exception of that semi-enjoyable volcano disaster flick of the same name a few years back). While certainly I’m no expert on the park and its promontories, I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night and a Google search plus a review of a couple pretty detailed online maps (here and here) don’t reveal anything officially listed by that name in the vicinity to the west of Mt. Hollywood where the picture was made.
I have heard of and been to Dante’s View, which was also a movie, but more to the geographical point that place can’t be the photo’s location. Dante’s view is a wonderful garden oasis located just east and below Mt. Hollywood offering an expansive southern vista that doesn’t include the observatory (or at least not at that angle and/or prominence).
Minor point? Sure it is. But before the majority of you tell me to get a life (or worse), I’m more than willing to sit my corrected ass down by putting it to anyone who might know better: is there a Dante’s Peak and where? But if there indeed isn’t I invite those of you who don’t think I should just get over it to share in the disdain I feel whenever the Los Angeles Times demonstrates a lack of accuracy over the very city it lives in — especially on its front page.