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Hawthorne honors the Beach Boys

Sep 18, 2009 by Lisa Newton

As was the case when I stumbled upon Figueroa Courtyard, I was headed to a different place but last week, I ended up in the sleepy neighborhood of Hawthorne, CA. Hawthorne, as I was to later find out, is where the Beach Boys hail from. The Wilson Brothers and the band grew up, went to school, and eventually formed their iconic sound and band in Hawthorne as well.

Hawthorne is the birthplace of the Beach Boys and the surfing sound and ethos that came to define a state, a sport, and music.

This quiet neighborhood is where the Beach Boys Monument is located and commemorates their home. With local patron assistance, the monument was built to remind people of the humble beginnings of one of the most popular rock bands in US history.

Each brick of the Beach Boys monument has the name of a contributor. If you go there, however, you won’t see the Wilson brother’s home. It was demolished when the California Department of Transportation built Interstate 105.

The monument — features a stone carving of the 1963’s Surfer Girl album cover and a plaque designating the site as a state landmark — stands on what was once the Wilson’s family’s front yard.

Surfer Girl

At the dedication ceremony in 2005, 800 Beach Boys fans from all over the world– including one British fan club which was included 50 people– came to share the music with two of the original Beach Boys, Brian Wilson and Al Jardine.

Ironically, I literally stumbled upon this monument while Travelin’ Local, which wasn’t the first time or place that this occurred. Therefore, I’m including a map below so you can find it for yourself:


View Beach Boys Home Monument Location in a larger map

I have very fond memories of growing up in the Midwest and listening to the Beach Boys on cold winter days, wishing and hoping that I could be living in California instead. Now my dream has come true.

When Travelin’ Local, there’s always a new and exciting adventure to be found, explored, enjoyed, and captured every single day.

And that includes a trip down memory lane:

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2 Responses to “Hawthorne honors the Beach Boys”

  1. Kevin says:

    While not being a diehard Beach Boys fan I have always appreciated what they did for music during their era and to this day they have a distinctive sound that is easilly recognizable. I just heard them on Serius 6 a few days ago so what a surprise to see them here!
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    LisaNewton Reply:

    @Kevin, You never know what will pop up while Travelin’ Local. :)

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