List of hillside letters in California

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The Big C at the University of California at Berkeley

This is a list of hillside letters (also known as mountain monograms) in the U.S. state of California.[1][2][3] There are at least 80 hillside letters, acronyms, and messages in the state, possibly as many as 91. Among these are the oldest letter (the C in Berkeley, 1905) and the largest letter (the L in Susanville, almost 600 feet long).

Monogram Town State/Country Description Location
A Agoura Hills California 34°09′14″N 118°45′00″W / 34.1538°N 118.7499°W / 34.1538; -118.7499 (Agoura Hills)
S Morgan Hill California Ann Sobrato High School 37°08′45″N 121°40′53″W / 37.1457°N 121.6814°W / 37.1457; -121.6814 (Ann Sobrato High School)
A Azusa California 34°09′18″N 117°53′31″W / 34.1551°N 117.8919°W / 34.1551; -117.8919 (Azusa)
B Banner California 33°04′10″N 116°32′39″W / 33.0694°N 116.5441°W / 33.0694; -116.5441 (Banner)
B Bard California 32°50′14″N 114°31′43″W / 32.8373°N 114.5287°W / 32.8373; -114.5287 (Bard)
B Barstow California 34°54′03″N 117°02′00″W / 34.9008°N 117.0333°W / 34.9008; -117.0333 (Barstow)
B Boron California 35°00′52″N 117°39′38″W / 35.0145°N 117.6605°W / 35.0145; -117.6605 (Boron)
B Burbank California 34°12′06″N 118°17′45″W / 34.2016°N 118.2959°W / 34.2016; -118.2959 (Burbank)
B Yucca Valley California Burnt Mountain 34°06′19″N 116°24′47″W / 34.1054°N 116.4131°W / 34.1054; -116.4131 (Burnt Mountain)
B Ridgecrest California Burroughs High School 35°39′19″N 117°36′46″W / 35.6554°N 117.6127°W / 35.6554; -117.6127 (Burroughs High School)
CLU Thousand Oaks California California Lutheran University 34°14′00″N 118°52′47″W / 34.2333°N 118.8797°W / 34.2333; -118.8797 (Cal Lutheran University)
CPP Pomona California Cal Poly Pomona 34°03′34″N 117°49′37″W / 34.0595°N 117.8269°W / 34.0595; -117.8269 (CPP Hill)
CALICO Calico California 34°57′18″N 116°51′49″W / 34.955°N 116.8635°W / 34.955; -116.8635 (Calico)
C Daggett California Calico High School 34°52′25″N 116°53′42″W / 34.8736°N 116.8949°W / 34.8736; -116.8949 (Calico High School)
P San Luis Obispo California California Polytechnic State University 35°18′10″N 120°39′06″W / 35.3028°N 120.6518°W / 35.3028; -120.6518 (California Polytechnic State University)
[Eagle] San Luis Obispo California Camp San Luis Obispo (Nat. Guard Base) 35°19′51″N 120°43′15″W / 35.3309°N 120.7208°W / 35.3309; -120.7208 (Camp San Luis Obispo (Nat. Guard Base))
C San Juan Capistrano California Capistrano High School 33°30′33″N 117°40′34″W / 33.5093°N 117.6762°W / 33.5093; -117.6762 (Capistrano High School)
C Coalinga California 36°08′12″N 120°24′26″W / 36.1366°N 120.4073°W / 36.1366; -120.4073 (Coalinga)
C Coleville California 38°34′21″N 119°30′54″W / 38.5726°N 119.515°W / 38.5726; -119.515 (Coleville)
DV Shoshone California Death Valley 35°58′51″N 116°16′34″W / 35.9809°N 116.276°W / 35.9809; -116.276 (Death Valley)
d Duarte California 34°09′17″N 117°57′00″W / 34.1546°N 117.95°W / 34.1546; -117.95 (Duarte)
EC Lakeside California El Capitan High School 32°52′04″N 116°55′35″W / 32.8678°N 116.9265°W / 32.8678; -116.9265 (El Capitan High School)
E Escondido California 33°09′54″N 117°06′07″W / 33.165°N 117.102°W / 33.165; -117.102 (Escondido)
F Fillmore California 34°24′33″N 118°53′35″W / 34.4091°N 118.893°W / 34.4091; -118.893 (Fillmore)
GOLDSTONE Fort Irwin California Goldstone Observatory 35°18′10″N 116°48′22″W / 35.3028°N 116.8062°W / 35.3028; -116.8062 (Goldstone Observatory)
G El Cajon California Grossmont High School 32°46′48″N 116°59′11″W / 32.78°N 116.9864°W / 32.78; -116.9864 (Grossmont)
H Glendale California Hoover High School 34°10′44″N 118°15′22″W / 34.1789°N 118.2562°W / 34.1789; -118.2562 (Hoover High School)
H Hornbrook California 41°54′40″N 122°32′46″W / 41.9111°N 122.5462°W / 41.9111; -122.5462 (Hornbrook)
K Kelseyville California 38°59′01″N 122°47′45″W / 38.9835°N 122.7958°W / 38.9835; -122.7958 (Kelseyville)
L Laguna Beach California Laguna Beach High School 33°32′42″N 117°46′28″W / 33.5450°N 117.7744°W / 33.5450; -117.7744 (Laguna Beach High School)
L Susanville California Lassen High School 40°26′47″N 120°39′10″W / 40.4465°N 120.6528°W / 40.4465; -120.6528 (Lassen High School)
L Laytonville California 39°41′47″N 123°27′56″W / 39.6965°N 123.4656°W / 39.6965; -123.4656 (Laytonville)
LV Lee Vining California 37°57′19″N 119°07′33″W / 37.9553°N 119.1259°W / 37.9553; -119.1259 (Lee Vining)
L Lemon Cove California 36°23′16″N 119°00′34″W / 36.3878°N 119.0094°W / 36.3878; -119.0094 (Lemon Cove)
L Lindsay California 36°13′02″N 119°03′06″W / 36.2173°N 119.0516°W / 36.2173; -119.0516 (Lindsay)
LP Lone Pine California 36°36′10″N 118°05′15″W / 36.6027°N 118.0875°W / 36.6027; -118.0875 (Lone Pine)
LA Hacienda Heights California Los Altos High School 34°01′06″N 117°59′46″W / 34.0184°N 117.9962°W / 34.0184; -117.9962 (Los Altos High School)
L Loyalton California 39°41′37″N 120°12′20″W / 39.6936°N 120.2056°W / 39.6936; -120.2056 (Loyalton)
LMU Los Angeles California Loyola Marymount University 33°58′21″N 118°25′06″W / 33.9725°N 118.4182°W / 33.9725; -118.4182 (Loyola Marymount University)
L Ludlow California 34°43′07″N 116°10′29″W / 34.7186°N 116.1747°W / 34.7186; -116.1747 (Ludlow)
M Maricopa California 35°02′10″N 119°24′43″W / 35.0361°N 119.412°W / 35.0361; -119.412 (Maricopa)
M San Luis Obispo California Mission Preparatory Academy 35°16′57″N 120°40′29″W / 35.2824°N 120.6747°W / 35.2824; -120.6747 (Mission Prep Academy)
M Monrovia California 34°09′30″N 118°00′52″W / 34.1582°N 118.0145°W / 34.1582; -118.0145 (Monrovia)
M Moreno Valley California 33°57′35″N 117°16′44″W / 33.9597°N 117.2789°W / 33.9597; -117.2789 (Moreno Valley)
MB Morro Bay California 35°22′38″N 120°51′01″W / 35.3772°N 120.8502°W / 35.3772; -120.8502 (Morro Bay)
MSAC Walnut California Mount San Antonio College 34°02′29″N 117°50′32″W / 34.0413°N 117.8423°W / 34.0413; -117.8423 (Mt. San Antonio College)
NILES Fremont California neighborhood 37°34′58″N 121°58′24″W / 37.5828°N 121.9732°W / 37.5828; -121.9732 (neighborhood)
O Oroville California 39°32′50″N 121°33′03″W / 39.5472°N 121.5509°W / 39.5472; -121.5509 (Oroville)
P San Bernardino California Pacific High School 34°08′00″N 117°15′55″W / 34.1334°N 117.2652°W / 34.1334; -117.2652 (Pacific High School)
P San Marcos California Palomar College 33°09′21″N 117°10′23″W / 33.1557°N 117.173°W / 33.1557; -117.173 (Palomar College)
P Porterville California 36°01′43″N 118°57′54″W / 36.0285°N 118.9649°W / 36.0285; -118.9649 (Porterville)
P Portola California 39°48′18″N 120°26′43″W / 39.805°N 120.4453°W / 39.805; -120.4453 (Portola)
Q Quincy California 39°56′19″N 120°56′01″W / 39.9386°N 120.9335°W / 39.9386; -120.9335 (Quincy)
R Randsburg California 35°22′08″N 117°38′51″W / 35.3689°N 117.6476°W / 35.3689; -117.6476 (Randsburg)
R Reedley California 36°41′29″N 119°25′30″W / 36.6913°N 119.4249°W / 36.6913; -119.4249 (Reedley)
S San Jacinto California 33°49′13″N 116°56′23″W / 33.8204°N 116.9397°W / 33.8204; -116.9397 (San Jacinto)
SL San Luis Obispo California San Luis Obispo High School 35°17′00″N 120°38′47″W / 35.2834°N 120.6463°W / 35.2834; -120.6463 (San Luis Obispo High School)
S Sanger California 36°41′40″N 119°25′34″W / 36.6945°N 119.426°W / 36.6945; -119.426 (Sanger)
SP Santa Paula California 34°19′34″N 119°02′32″W / 34.326°N 119.0423°W / 34.326; -119.0423 (Santa Paula)
S Santa Clarita California Saugus High School 34°26′30″N 118°31′15″W / 34.4416°N 118.5209°W / 34.4416; -118.5209 (Saugus High School)
S Seville California 36°30′49″N 119°12′44″W / 36.5137°N 119.2121°W / 36.5137; -119.2121 (Seville)
S Shandon California 35°39′58″N 120°22′57″W / 35.6661°N 120.3826°W / 35.6661; -120.3826 (Shandon)
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO THE INDUSTRIAL CITY South San Francisco California 37°39′48″N 122°25′05″W / 37.6634°N 122.4181°W / 37.6634; -122.4181 (South San Francisco)
SMC Moraga California St. Mary's College 37°50′15″N 122°06′37″W / 37.8375°N 122.1102°W / 37.8375; -122.1102 (St. Mary's College)
SV Yermo California Silver Valley High School 34°53′45″N 116°53′40″W / 34.8959°N 116.8945°W / 34.8959; -116.8945 (Silver Valley High School)
T Tehachapi California 35°08′05″N 118°25′04″W / 35.1348°N 118.4179°W / 35.1348; -118.4179 (Tehachapi)
T Templeton California 35°32′46″N 120°42′48″W / 35.5462°N 120.7132°W / 35.5462; -120.7132 (Templeton)
T Trona California 35°47′05″N 117°23′43″W / 35.7847°N 117.3953°W / 35.7847; -117.3953 (Trona)
C Berkeley California University of California, Berkeley 37°52′29″N 122°14′59″W / 37.8746°N 122.2496°W / 37.8746; -122.2496 (University of California Berkeley)
C Riverside California University of California, Riverside 33°58′17″N 117°18′08″W / 33.9713°N 117.3022°W / 33.9713; -117.3022 (University of California Riverside)
R Redlands California University of Redlands 34°11′00″N 117°06′18″W / 34.1834°N 117.105°W / 34.1834; -117.105 (University of Redlands)
U Ukiah California 39°09′07″N 123°14′20″W / 39.1519°N 123.2390°W / 39.1519; -123.2390 (Ukiah)
V Ventura California 34°17′11″N 119°16′02″W / 34.2864°N 119.2672°W / 34.2864; -119.2672 (Ventura)
VC Ventura California Ventura College 34°17′10″N 119°14′09″W / 34.2861°N 119.2357°W / 34.2861; -119.2357 (Ventura College)
V Victorville California 34°31′54″N 117°17′37″W / 34.5316°N 117.2935°W / 34.5316; -117.2935 (Victorville)
W Weed California 41°26′36″N 122°23′11″W / 41.4433°N 122.3864°W / 41.4433; -122.3864 (Weed)
W Whittier California 33°58′41″N 118°01′26″W / 33.978°N 118.0238°W / 33.978; -118.0238 (Whittier)
W Willits California 39°26′43″N 123°18′10″W / 39.4453°N 123.3028°W / 39.4453; -123.3028 (Willits)
W Woodlake California 36°25′56″N 119°04′33″W / 36.4321°N 119.0758°W / 36.4321; -119.0758 (Woodlake)
Y Yucaipa California 34°02′28″N 117°05′18″W / 34.0412°N 117.0882°W / 34.0412; -117.0882 (Yucaipa)

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Corning, Evelyn (2007). Hillside Letters A to Z : A Guide to Hometown Landmarks. Missoula, Mont.: Mountain Press Publishing Company. 
  2. ^ Parsons, James J. (1988). "Hillside Letters in the Western United States". Landscape (Sante Fe, N.M.) 30 (1): 15–23. Retrieved 2011-08-09. 
  3. ^ Rocha, Guy (June 2004), "Hillside Letters: In Plain Sight But Not Intended for Planes", Sierra Sage 

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