|Stained wood beam.|
|Detail on doors.|
|Will Rogers and Charlie Russell|
|Gift for Mr Hart from Will Rogers|
This safe was used in a lot of movies. What makes it special? Its a prop. There is no safety in this safe. As you walked from room to room you could see little mementos he kept from his films. Some of them small like this safe and some of them large like an entire costume he wore in one of his favorite films.
Guess who this is a picture of!? I looked and looked and couldn't make sense of it. In the bottom of this photo is the scribbled words: From Wyatt Earp to his friend William Hart, Oct 8, 1923. I remember the stories about a rough and rugged man in the west and didn't see it in this calm photo here. Wyatt Earp tried to persuade his good friend, Mr. Hart, to make a movie about his life and set all the stories straight. The movie never came to be though.
The William S. Hart Museum is off the beaten path tucked up in Newhall California (24151 Newhall Avenue Newhall, CA 91321 in you're looking). Its less than an hour from the big city of LA. They don't get the big city crowds and it is a nice break from all the busy rush of the theme park towns. Its definitely worth the stop and for sure worth the price of admission.
I left the place inspired to stop at more of these tiny museums. I never would have stopped here if I didn't drive by it once in a while. We could have left California and missed out on something really cool. Do you have any favorites we would love to see? Let us know and we will add them to our list of places to visit. And if you are in town looking for a break from the rush visit this place and let us know what you think.
Happy trails and Merry Christmas.