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Say something?? Famous logo based on Utah Mountain

It's humbling when you realize how stupid you are at a certain age. It's amazing how someone can go through their cheesy, meaningless life thinking they're the “smart” one among their idiotic friends and stupid acquaintances, only to learn the harsh reality of not knowing the true origin of the Paramount logo.

Today was that day for me.

The Paramount logo is based on Ben Lomond Peak in North Ogden, Utah (!).

According to Deseret News: (full article)

“The famous Paramount Pictures logo was inspired by Ben Lomond Peak in Weber County.

That's why Ben Lomond – not even the highest peak in Weber County – may be the most famous mountain in the Beehive State.

The peak is credited with inspiring the creation of the majestic but fictional mountain in the popular Paramount design, based on two of the film company's stories.

According to Leslie Halliwell's “Mountain of Dreams,” a Paramount biography, founder William Hodkinson grew up in Ogden and the logo was “a reminder of childhood in his home state of Utah.”

That's like finding out the Disney castle is based on the Tabernacle.

I've seen this logo a thousand times and I've seen Ben Lomond a thousand times and I never thought they were the same.

When you look at it from this angle it makes more sense.

So we hear way too much about Timpanogos or Kings Peak or Mount Olympus or Lone Peak. It turns out that all of these peaks are overrated and Ben Lomond is the mountain that the whole world knows about without even knowing.

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