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Address: 881 Hillcrest Dr, Cambria, CA 93428-2801
Phone Number: +1 805-927-2690
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California State Historical Landmark No. 939 is the creation of Arthur...

California State Historical Landmark No. 939 is the creation of Arthur Harold Beal. An Artistic, funky house designed, sculpted and built by one man, Art Beal. Considered one of the finest examples of Folk Art.

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Took the tour of this interesting historical site

If you like quirky landmarks, make sure to take the tour to hear all the interesting stories about Art Beal, the creator of the "Poor Man's Hearst Castle". We stopped on the road... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Cumberland, Maryland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Close to the center of town otherwise wouldn't be worth the drive. We just saw it from the outside and didn't make an apt. for an inside tour.

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Visalia, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This time we waited to take the tour. Mike gives a great tour inside the house and outside to see all that Captain Nitt Witt (Art Beal) created. We have not been on the property since the 70s when we met the Captain and he invited us into his house. I am so glad Mike owns the Nitt Witt Ridge... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the street, Nit Wit Ridge may not look like much, but taking the tour brings out the beauty of this rich in history local attraction. Our charming and gracious host Mike gave us the details of Mr. Beal' s personal life and how it set into motion the building of this organically constructed labor of love with found items.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting place, we didn't get to indulge in the tour, we were too early. Easy to get to, limited parking.

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Central California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you like quirky landmarks, make sure to take the tour to hear all the interesting stories about Art Beal, the creator of the "Poor Man's Hearst Castle". We stopped on the road to look at it and took one of the flyers available. It looks pretty decrepit and we were going to leave as it was 1 pm and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

I've read many reviews that say 'we drove past', 'stopped outside' and then they write a review!!! My wife and I had the pleasure whilst in Cambria to visit something different, we took the tour and found to out pleasure an amazingly informative host, an astonishing house made from 'waste', and an accompanying story that was great to hear. I'd... More 

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Anaheim, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

This place is now firmly on my bucket list. We saw a sign on the street and drove to view it. Flyers outside tell you the history and that it is only accessable for tours by calling the owners to arrange. This place has piqued my curiosity and is now a "must tour" next time I am in Cambria.

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Thank Tipton H
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

This is an unusual landmark. An interesting menagerie for the eyes. If you have a few minutes it is fun to stop off of PCH get a nearby coffee or sandwich and drive by.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Known as a the, "Poor Man's Hearst Castle", it is not worth a visit. We saw a sign indicating a 600' walk from the public restroom in Cambria and decided to hike the hill. Other than getting some good exercise, we turned right around and walked back down the hill.

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Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

This is a beautiful and weird house build from a lot of seashells, beer cans and with great ideas. The guy who build it died some years ago and it has been in disarray until Mike bought it. We did a tour with him and he was very informative about the former owner and what makes the house so interesting... More 

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