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Pleasanton in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Once a Hilltop Castle

Another Hearst Legacy

 
 
Once a Hilltop Castle Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, April 2, 2022
1. Once a Hilltop Castle Marker
Inscription.  Phoebe Hearst's Moorish-style mansion once stood where the Castlewood Country Club now stands, northwest of this location. The mansion was named Hacienda del Pozo de Verona, for its great marble wellhead imported from Verona, Italy.

Western Pacific Railroad built Verona Rail Station so the Hearst family could host large gatherings at the mansion. Verona Bridge was installed in 1890 to connect the rail station to Foothill Road and the Hacienda.
The original bridge was replaced in 1941 by the current span, moved here from the Pajaro River near Salinas.

George Hearst
1820-1891
The Hearst dynasty patriarch, George rose from poverty to earn a fortune in mining. Native Americans in his home state of Missouri called him, "the boy the earth talked to," because of his instinct for finding ore. He purchased the estate at Castlewood as a place to escape the cold of San Francisco.

Phoebe Apperson Hearst
1842-1919
In her day, Phoebe was, "the most powerful woman in California." She married mining magnate George Hearst and became one of America's great philanthropists, founder of many schools,
Marker on the Verona Bridge, above Arroyo de la Laguna image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, April 22, 2022
2. Marker on the Verona Bridge, above Arroyo de la Laguna
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and first female Regent of the University of California.

William Randolph Hearst
1863-1951
Phoebe's son William began building the Hacienda on her Castlewood estate. When she discovered the project, Phoebe took over and hired the famous architect Julia Morgan to complete it. After Phoebe's death in 1919, William sold the mansion to the Castlewood Country Club. The Hacienda was destroyed by fire in 1969. A new clubhouse was built on the spot, preserving some of the original features.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureBridges & Viaducts.
 
Location. 37° 37.6′ N, 121° 52.951′ W. Marker is in Pleasanton, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Verona Road west of Pleasanton Sunol Road. The marker is located on the southeastern corner of the Verona Bridge, now pedestrian only. The bridge is .2 miles southwest of the Verona train stop and about 1.5 miles south of the country club. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pleasanton CA 94566, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gay 90's Pizzeria (approx. 2.2 miles away); Niles Canyon Railway (approx. 2.3 miles away); Sunol (approx. 2.3 miles away); The Heritage House (approx. 2.3 miles away); Nevis Pavilion
Verona Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, April 2, 2022
3. Verona Bridge
(approx. 2.3 miles away); Johnston Building (approx. 2.4 miles away); Rancho El Valle de San Jose (approx. 2.4 miles away); Larkin Locke House (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pleasanton.
 
Also see . . .
1. Hacienda del Pozo de Verona on Wikipedia. (Submitted on April 3, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California.)
2. Castlewood Country Club. A history of the Hearst Mansion. (Submitted on April 13, 2022.) 
 
View of Verona Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, April 2, 2022
4. View of Verona Bridge
Verona train stop. Interstate 680 in the background image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, April 2, 2022
5. Verona train stop. Interstate 680 in the background
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 14, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 3, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on April 3, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California.   2. submitted on April 23, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California.   3, 4, 5. submitted on April 3, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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May. 26, 2022