William S. Hart Park and Museum – California’s Golden Parks (153)
Join Huell as he visits the beautiful and historic William S. Hart Park and Museum in Newhall. William S. Hart was born in Newburgh, New York on December 6, 1864.Hart started his acting career in his twenties. At the age of 49, Hart came west to Hollywood to start his movie career. During the next 11 years, he made more than 65 silent films, the last being “Tumbleweeds” in 1925.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. Today, 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.
William S. Hart Park and Museum
24151 Newhall Avenue
Newhall, CA 91321