Thursday, October 25, 2012

Walking at "Hart Park"

A member of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the William S. Hart Museum is less than an hour's drive from most areas of Los Angeles.
The William S. Hart Park and Museum is the former retirement home of the famed silent film actor and director who produced a series of hit Western movies in the early 1900's. His beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival Style Mansion – now the Museum – exhibits an impressive collection of Western artwork by noted artists Charles M. Russell, Frederic Remington, and Joe de Yong, as well as mementos from early Hollywood, personal furnishings and effects, and artifacts representing multiple Native American cultures.
The Museum also includes an historic 1910 Ranch House that exhibits Hart's tack and saddle collection, personal furnishings, and additional Hollywood mementos.
 William S. Hart 
 Flowering bushes
 Back of the Ranch House
 The "Ranch House"
 Cactus and nature all around this park. 
 There are lots of trails at the Hart Ranch. I love these
Rock benches. It has been a great place to
sit and pray and contemplate life. While looking
over the Valley.
Sitting on the bench overlooking the valley.
(Picture Below)
Both the Mansion and the Ranch House are located in scenic William S. Hart Park, where guests may enjoy visiting a live collection of farm animals, a herd of American bison, a vast picnic area, a series of hiking trails, and a charming Western-themed Gift Store.In 1921, Hart purchased a ranch house and surrounding property. He built a 22 room mansion which today houses Hart's collection of western art, Native American artifacts, and early Hollywood memorabilia. Hart lived at the ranch nearly 20 years until his death in 1946. In his will, Hart gave the Horseshoe Ranch to the County of Los Angeles. It was to be set aside for the use and enjoyment of the public, at no charge.
William S. Hart MansionToday, the Horseshoe Ranch consists of 265 acres. Both the ranch house and the Hart residence are open to the public. An assortment of animals reside at Hart Park, including a small herd of bison which were a gift from the Walt Disney Studios in 1962.

I had more pictures but, I didn't know I was recording and filming instead of
taking pictures on my I phone. So, I am going to retake those pictures. There is so much more to see at this big Ranch. So, stay tuned. I only live
5 minutes away from it :)

Thank you for looking :)

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