Nearly a century ago, William Randolph Hearst set about building his ultimate getaway estate near San Simeon, California. Set among thousands of acres of mountainous terrain, Hearst's La Cuesta Encantada ("The Enchanted Hill") contained 56 bedrooms, 19 sitting rooms, an indoor swimming pool, an outdoor swimming pool, a tennis court, a theater, and the world's largest private zoo. In constructing The Enchanted Hill, builders incorporated art treasures and architectural components purchased from Egypt and Europe. Five-hundred-year-old ceiling panels are juxtaposed with 20th-century masonry and plumbing. "The Ranch," as Hearst referred to it, was largely self-contained, beginning with a gravity-fed water system that tapped the H2O supply from a nearby mountain. Getting to and from Hearst Castle was no easy task back in the day. Honored guests arrived in Hearst's private DC-3 aircraft or rode the rails from Los Angeles in Hearst's own train car.