Manhattan, Kansas: Manhattan's Hollywood-Style Letters

The letters were created in 1927. Unlike their Hollywood inspiration, they lay flat on the ground. But also unlike Hollywood, you can walk right up to them.

1270 Bluemont Scenic Drive, Manhattan, KS
East side of the city. From US Hwy 24 turn west at the Royal Inn motel onto Ehlers Rd. Drive up the hill, then turn left onto Bluemont Scenic Drive. Drive to the top, park in the lot, then follow the path around the water tower to the letters.
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Manhattan's Hollywood-Style Letters

There is a centennial marker in memory of the area settlers on the left side behind the water tower as you walk to the letters.

[Jennie Blakeney, 12/05/2020]
Manhattan's Hollywood-Style Letters

As you drive into Manhattan, Kansas, one of the first things you may notice is Manhattan spelled out on the top of a hill, almost like the Hollywood sign. It was originally put there by Kansas State University, and you can actually go to the top and walk around or sit on those letters. Shortly after you pass by the hill, take the first road on your right, and then the next road on your right, and it will take you to the top. There is also a nature trail just to the side of it that leads down the hill, but I don't know where the bottom is.

[Danielle, 03/24/2009]

The letters were created in 1927, four years after the "Hollywoodland" sign went up in Los Angeles.

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