Note: TG 1 & 2 is referred to as ‘Where I’ve Been’, and this is the third part.
William Randolph Hearst.
William Hearst was a very famous newspaper publisher who built one of the largest newspaper chains in the nation. He was born to George Hearst, a famous millionaire goldmine owner and Phoebe Hearst. William Hearst loved the hilltop where his parents would occasionally take him camping. It (the hilltop) was part of the ranch that the Hearst family owned. When George Hearst looked to buy this ranch, California was suffering from a drought (Wow. Go figure, eh?)in that area. At that time because of the drought, an acre of land was valued at just 70 cents. He decided to buy all the 100,000+ acres of land available. Today, with that money, you can pay for about one year’s worth of college tuition fee. Choices!
The ranch is still about today, but the polar bears and penguins that they inhabited have been donated to The San Diego Zoo and other famous zoos nearby. You can spot Zebras around though, so if you are planning to go, look out for it. I found an Antelope on the road while on the Tour Bus, so who knows what you may get to see!
So William Hearst one day decided to tell his parents that he wanted to build ‘a little something’ on that hilltop that he loved so much. I hate it when people say ‘a little something’ because that little something turned out to be a 30 year unfinished project titled ‘Hearst Castle’.
Ticket prices. Adult, Children
Grand Rooms Tour- $25.00, $12.00
Upstairs Suites Tour- $25.00, $12.00
Cottages & Kitchen Tour- $25.00 ,$12.00
Evening Tour- $36.00, $18.00
Accessibly Designed Grand Rooms Tour- $25.00, $12.00
Accessibly Designed Evening Tour – $36.00, $18.00
What you won’t miss
- A tour bus to the hilltop and enjoyment of the view
- A view of some of the wildlife on the uphill and downhill trip
- An informative experience as the pre-recorded guide on the bus explains all about Hearst Castle
- Very helpful rangers everywhere on the trip
- Support for the handicapped, the elderly, and anyone with special needs
- A memorable walking tour
The mossy pond that still inhabit gold fish but it isn’t the clean water to dip your fingers into. That would be a bad experience
Exclusive pictures of the interior, excuse the quality, it was very dimly lit.
The dining hall. Where Mr. Hearst would invite you to sit next to him, and if you didn’t impress, you would be moving a seat further away. The more he knows about you, the farther you will be. The carvings took lots of time itself, about six years. Look at the ceiling and you may find the carvings
Life under the mossy pond, goldfish!
The tennis court where the AFC Men’s and Women’s Wimbledon Champion winners were invited to play with Charlie Chaplin as well as Mr Hearst himself.
That would be about 30% of the Castle. The rest, is yours to discover. Enjoy ladies and gents.