Beach Boys Landmark

Site of Beach Boys founders' demolished home is now state landmark

There's now a historic marker in Hawthorne, California to mark the place where it all started for the Beach Boys. The Wilson family home is long gone, demolished to make room for a freeway in the 1980s. But hundreds of people gathered at the spot Friday to unveil a state historical landmark in honor of the legendary band. Original band members Al Jardine and Brian Wilson were there for the celebration. The landmark is a brick wall emblazoned with names of donors, a bronze plaque, and an etching of six Beach Boys carrying a surfboard, reminiscent of the group's "Surfin' Safari" album cover. The idea for a landmark came from a Beach Boys fan who lives in Northern California, construction engineer Harry Jarnagan. It eventually gained the support of the musicians themselves and local politicians.