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Before that, it was founded by H. J. Whitley, also known as the 'Father of Hollywood'. Whitley founded dozens of towns before and was in the LA area on his honeymoon in the late 19th century. According to his own reports, Whitley met a Chinese man in the area who said he was 'hauling wood', but pronounced it more like 'holly wood'.
Whitley liked the sound of that name and decided to use it to christen his newest settlement. He bought up close to 500 acres of land and the town started to grow from there, with Whitley helping Hollywood to prosper as he opened up the Hollywood Hotel and other buildings around the area.
With major motion picture companies setting up around Los Angeles in the early 1900s, Hollywood seemed like a great place for studios to form and start making movies. Thus, an iconic location in American history was born. In the years that followed, many major motion picture companies set themselves up in Hollywood and many incredible films were made there.
The area received its famous 'Hollywood' sign on the Hollywood Hills in 1923, with the sign originally reading 'Hollywoodland' but eventually having the '-land' part removed. In the years that followed, the Hollywood Walk of Fame was established and the area became synonymous with the movie industry.
Nowadays, it remains a hugely significant location for films and is a very popular touristic location as well, with key attractions like the Walk of Fame, movie studio tours, and the Hollywood sign drawing in legions of visitors from all over the world each and every year, as well as aspiring actors, screenwriters, directors, and other film fanatics looking to break into the industry.
If you're heading to Hollywood, you might want to stay at one of the area's hostels. These locations provide affordable accommodation and easy access to the main sites of interest, as well as typically offering additional amenities like free internet, breakfasts, and communal kitchens. Read on to learn all about a few of the best hostels in Hollywood.