We paid a visit to the William S. Hart Ranch in Newhall. Newhall is less than an hour drive from the heart of Los Angeles, so very do-able day trip with kids.
William Hart was a very successful silent film cowboy that retired when movies became talkies. His house has many western style original paintings and bronzes. There's no fee to visit the house, but you can only go through it with a tour guide, which is nice because they can tell you a lot about the art work in the house. The tour guides work for free and there are donation jars to tip them.
The ranch has a small herd of bison descended from those donated by Walt Disney back in the early 60's. There's also a doggie cemetery and a horse cemetery for Fritz.
|Original art work in the formal dining room|
|Fireplace in the formal dining room|
|This was the original bedroom, that became the dogs bedroom.|
|The tower just below the house.|
|Fritz's final resting place|
|Promotional still of William S. Hart|