Los Angeles in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Daniel O. McCarthy
A Gallant Pioneer of ’49
to the Gallant Pioneers of ’49
of whom Daniel O. McCarthy, patriot, miner, leader, was an outstanding example.
He was born [in] Raleigh, N.C., August 24, 1830.
Died Los Angeles, August 13, 1919.
Through his newspaper “The American Flag” San Francisco, he helped preserve California to the Union. This long, useful life is a heritage of which the Golden State is justly proud.
Erected 1925 by Ramona Parlor #109, Native Sons of the Golden West.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
Location. 34° 3.681′ N, 118° 22.035′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of McCarthy Vista and San Vicente Boulevard, on the right when traveling south on McCarthy Vista. Touch for map. There is a small triangular park area at the intersection. The marker is on a boulder in this park and the (former) fountain, the statue of Daniel McCarthy is a few feet away. Marker is in this post office area: Los Angeles CA 90048, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Juan Bautista de Anza (within shouting distance "Snowshoe" Thompson (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jedediah Strong Smith (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carthay Circle (approx. 0.2 miles away); Berlin Wall Segments (approx. half a mile away); Portolá Trail 1769 (approx. half a mile away); Chester Stock, Ph.D. - Observation Pit (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hancock Park (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Angeles.
More about this marker. The fountain, known locally as "Dan the Miner", and marker were originally installed in the Carthay Square in front of the Carthay Circle Theater (the original one in Carthay Center, not the one in Disneyland). The water and the theater are now gone but Dan remains.
Also see . . .
1. LAistory - Dan the Miner. "Though presumably Dan is still looking for gold, he no longer has a pond to search. Now he stands, somewhat inexplicably on a grassy median at San Vicente between McCarthay [sic] Vista and Del Valle Drive." (Submitted on February 19, 2017, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
2. Who Really Owns Dan the Miner?. The city didn't pay for him back in the 1920's - the developer of the neighborhood [did]. So, technically, he may not belong to the city, but rather the neighborhood. (Submitted on February 19, 2017, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
3. Dan the Miner is More Secure Than Ever. Television camera crews far outnumbered Carthay Circle residents at this morning's unveiling of Dan the Miner, the bronze statue that was stolen and cut in two last year, but no matter. He's back. And to ensure Dan, looking very green thanks to a recent wax job, isn't stolen again, the seven-foot statue is now firmly attached to a granite boulder beneath his faux rock, says Donna Williams, founder of Burbank-based Williams Art Conservation, the firm overseeing the restoration. (Dan was attached to the boulder before, but not nearly as powerfully.) (Submitted on February 19, 2017, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
4. The Adventures of Dan the Miner. The famed Carthay Circle Theatre has been gone for over 40 years, but Dan the Miner still stands. He was there when the movie palace first opened its doors in 1926. He saw the crowds gather for the gala 1937 premiere of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He even witnessed the decline and (Submitted on February 19, 2017, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
Categories. • Notable Persons • Patriots & Patriotism •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 19, 2017, by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 174 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 19, 2017, by James King of San Miguel, California. 5. submitted on February 20, 2017, by James King of San Miguel, California. 6. submitted on February 25, 2017, by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.