Cecilia Rasmussen writes in today’s L.A. Times of the other landmark Hollywood sign, “the hidden one, whose red neon letters were once as familiar as the larger sign just across the canyon.”
The sign that read “Outpost” in neon letters 30 feet high was, like the original “Hollywoodland” sign, raised up to publicize a new housing development, Hillside Homes of Happiness.
Anyone who hikes in Runyon Canyon has likely stumbled across the mangled, rusted wreckage of this sign. A few years ago someone had even erected a display case telling the story of the sign, which, unfortunately, has recently fallen victim to taggers and other vandals.
I took the photo above of some of the remains a couple years ago. After the jump, some shots of the display case pre-vandals. For more on the history of the sign, check out Cecilia’s article.