On my recent visit to California I went with some friends to Hearst Castle. I've seen video and photos of the estate, but I've never ventured up the coast to check it out in person. The estate belonged to the late William Randolph Hearst. Hearst made his fortune in the newspaper business as founder of the company that still bears his name The Hearst Corporation. The company donated the property to the state of California and the state now operates it as a state park.