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Address: 3701 W. 119th St, Hawthorne, CA
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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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A must for any serious Beach Boys fan

A stop here will only take a few minutes, but it's meaningful to have the site of their childhood home marked, considering how easy it would be for it to go unnoticed. Anyone who... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 7, 2015
Maria C
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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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Manhattan Beach, California
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26 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Now that you've seen the picture..... you've seen it. Being a big beach boy fan I traveled over there to see what it was. So unimpressed. Sorry I really wanted to say something better about it.

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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

A stop here will only take a few minutes, but it's meaningful to have the site of their childhood home marked, considering how easy it would be for it to go unnoticed. Anyone who considers themselves a serious Beach Boys fan will want to pay their respects at this spot.

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Thank Maria C
Standish, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

We visited this monument again this Summer at the beginning and end of our California vacation.We have invested in several bricks on the monument and now our grand daughters can read their own names on the Monument.It is lovely to think that they in turn will show their children the Monument in years to come.....assuming of course that it isn't... More 

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Thank SteveStandish
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

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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Thank etweeden
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

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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Thank jschlademan_13
Lawndale
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 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 46 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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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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Thank CrankingChick
California
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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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Thank Rubten
Hawthorne
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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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