MOUNT DIABLO (CBS 5) — It’s a claim about an East Bay landmark that has been circulating for years. Ken Little asked this Good Question: Can you see more land mass from the Mount Diablo summit than almost anywhere else in the world?

ANSWER: According to Ken Lavin of Mount Diablo Interpretive Association, that claim started as the result of a real estate developer named Robert Burgess. Burgess had a grand plan to build a castle and some homes on Mount Diablo.

He made a claim that from the summit, a person could see more land mass than anywhere else in the world with the exception of Mt. Kilamanjaro. People believed it, but it wasn’t true. Nonetheless, it still remains one of the most beautiful views anywhere.

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