Gold and silver from this area of the states mining enterprises passed through the vaults of this mansion. It assisted in the funding of the Union army during the Civil War, built downtown
It was built and occupied in 1859 b a young mining superintendent named George Hearst, who began the Hearst fortunes with $400 of borrowed money. He didn’t stay in the area for very long, but while he was there he made several million dollars. He then parlayed it into hundreds of millions in lumber in
He began buying up claims and his fortune grew. He was controlling owner of the Kentuck Mine during most of it’s heyday from 1866-1869.
He moved into the Mansion during the early 1870’s. He invested his money by buying a series of small, relatively unsuccessful claims lying between the Ophir and the Gould and Curry, and incorporated them into the Consolidated Virginia Mine. They sank a shaft and then rocked the civilized world when they discovered the largest silver deposit in
The mansion tour is open all year. Just to see the type of home that had the powerful leader living in it is well worth the visit.
Hours: 11 – 6 Daily