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Address: 3701 W. 119th St, Hawthorne, CA
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Description: Monument on the former location of the Wilson home commemorating the Beach...
Monument on the former location of the Wilson home commemorating the Beach Boys
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Not Exactly Graceland

This stop is not for every visitor. There is no building, no graceful setting, just a monument made of brick and concrete marking the location of the Wilson brothers house from... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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441 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 308 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The homesite of the Beach Boys parents is now literally buried by the footing of the Century Freeway, but there is a Memorial Monument on the quiet residential,street where it was located. Here is how to get there. Take the I-405 to,exit 44, El Segundo Blvd. take El Segundo Blvd east to Prairie Avenue. Turn left onto Prairie and travel... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Not a fan of the music but they have an incredible story. It was very kitchy and kind of surreal. It was close to our hotel and very touching that the neighborhood fought to have this built- even though the house is gone.

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Lawndale
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

This stop is not for every visitor. There is no building, no graceful setting, just a monument made of brick and concrete marking the location of the Wilson brothers house from once this legendary surf band began. Most likely only the true Beach Boys fan will appreciate the visit. The houses surrounding the structure will provide some sense of what... More 

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Queens Ny
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

trip down memory lane to see the maeker of where beach boys grew up and began......many dedications on the wall and fond memories of beach boys and their songs....just takes a quick stop to see it

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This is a quick visit that will mainly appeal to fans - just 15-30 minutes to see/read/photograph the monument. It's located on the site where The Beach Boys grew up, formed their band and got their start in the music business. It's a residential area, and the monument is right next to the 105 freeway because the house was torn... More 

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California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Skip it. When they tear down the freeway (or the expressway behind it) and build a monument worthy of the Beach Boys... then go so it. Until then, the pictures posted are much better than visiting.

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Hawthorne
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This monument is anything but. It is a waste of resident's tax money and is not on the site of anything to do with the beach boys...no house remaining, etc. It is on the end of a street, a stand alone little thing with a bunch of tiles and plaques patting all the local politicians on the back. Avoid.

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Somewhere I heard someone say that one of the most important things that one can do with his life is to create something that will outlast it. That is what the Beach Boys did with their ever popular music which they shared with the world. A fitting monument has been erected to their genius in front of where their boyhood... More 

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KIng's Lynn
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Since my last visit to see the Monument where their childhood house stood, new houses have replace the ones similar to what they would have lived in. However, just to be where they made that first tape, Surfin, is a special thing for any Beach Boys fan. Its worth reading the bricks and seeing who contributed is well worth time... More 

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Redondo Beach, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

It was very nice to see the monument and free. We spent about 20 minutes reading and taking pictures.

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