How did Hollywood get its name?

Answer: From a Real Estate Developer H. J. Whitley

Legend has it, real estate developer, H. J. Whitley, discovered the town on his honeymoon in 1886. Whitley would later be known as "The Father of Hollywood". According to his diary, at the end of a hike to the top of the present day Hollywood Hills, he looked out over the valley and suddenly noticed a Chinese man heading in his direction carrying wood. Whitley asked the man what he was doing, and he responded "I holly-wood", inferring he was "hauling wood" up the side of the mountain. Allegedly, Whitley had an epiphany and decided to name the new location a combination of "Holly", which would represent England, and "Wood", which would represent his Scottish Heritage.

As a real estate developer in the late 1880s, testing his fate in the Western Half of the Untied states, Whitley was not a novice at naming towns. Apparently, he had already named over 100 settlements west of the Mississippi before getting to Hollywood. 

We've carefully archived and linked some of the statements above to primary and secondary sources because a story like this seems like it's straight out of a movie. 

Excerpt From H.J. Whitley's Diary

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