I was thrilled with the news a couple weeks ago of the long-awaited return of the “Dan the Miner” statue (sculpted by Henry Lion commemorating 19th-century California pioneers) that had been a fixture of the Carthay Circle neighborhood from 1925 until last February when a pair of thieves stole him, cut him in half and sold him for scrap. About a week later his parts were recovered and the suspects caught, eventually prosecuted, found guilty and sentenced to prison, all the while efforts were being made to make Dan whole again and restore him to his rightful place.
Having spent a good bit of my childhood growing up in the adjacent slums of Beverly Hills, Dan and the tiny triangle of a park on San Vicente was an occasional stop for me on my journeys around the way. So it was with much personal relief and satisfaction to learn that landmark of my youth was back where he belongs, and more secure than ever.
Having spent the days since his re-installation shrouded in plastic, Curbed LA reported yesterday on his official homecoming, so I stopped by on my way home last night to take the above snap and say welcome back.