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LAistory: The Outpost Sign

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Hiking through the Hollywood Hills, one finds a lot of garbage. There's the usual bottles and cans of various types, old bits of carpeting, couches, bones, bicycles, even old cars sometimes. They all have (little h) history. Someone had to truck it up there and leave it, either to get rid of it, or to live in it, whatever. But very little has (capital H) History to it.

Though there have been the occasional signs to commemorate it, they aren't there consistently. So to many of the hikers (and their dogs) who hike through Runyon Canyon, the various piles of metal are just garbage -- maybe part of a fence, some shelving, the twisted, rusted out debris of so many failed Hollywood dreams.