September 3, 1820

Birthday of George Hearst near Sullivan, MO. He graduated from the Franklin County Mining School, then walked to California in 1850 in search of gold. He made a fortune in gold, silver, copper and other minerals. His family’s California home became a state park known as Hearst Castle.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.