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Animals at Hart

Hart was devoted to the animals in his life: his pets, co-stars, and neighbors.

Hart museum herd of bison grazing

At the William S. Hart Museum, the luxurious former home of the silent film star, there are movie props from the 1920s, authentic Native American artifacts, and an impressive collection of western-themed art. And then there are the animals! Hart was devoted to the animals in his life: his pets, co-stars, and neighbors.

William S. Hart with his dogs and his horse

Outside the mansion, there is a dog cemetery (Hart had 11 beloved dogs), including Mack, who came to California with the actor in 1914, when Hart began his film career. The charismatic movie star also built a cemetery for his equine friend. The resting place features a large bronze-and-stone monument that honors his fellow film star, Fritz. Also on the grounds, visitors may spot some bison roaming around. The original herd of eight bison was donated by Walt Disney to Hart Park in 1962.

Dogs Graveyard at Hart Park

 

Horse cemetery and monument for Fritz

Inside the mansion-turned-museum, Hart’s love of animals is on display, too. He created a swanky canine crash pad just for his dogs (whom he treated like royalty). Originally Hart’s bedroom, the “dog’s bedroom” was turned over to his two Harlequin Great Danes, Prince Hamlet and Princess Galatia, in 1937. And there are more homages to Hart’s furry friends, and his equestrian co-stars, who once galloped across the silver screen.

Dog bedroom inside Hart mansion