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Hearst Castle filmed for new History Channel program

Hearst Castle and other North Coast attractions were recently filmed for a new program on The History Channel.

“Everything we manufacture has a lifespan,” says the Web site for “Boneyard” at www.history.com. “Reaching the end of their useful life is just the beginning of a fascinating visual journey.”

The “Boneyard” series premiers at 9 p.m. Thursday, June 28. The show focuses on how “things created by mankind can go beyond their original useful life,” according to the show’s producer, Monte Markham.

Castle architect Julia Morgan reused many remains of demolition in war-torn Europe, integrating the historic pieces into William Randolph Hearst’s San Simeon estate.

Markham’s film crew filmed focused on large pieces of architectural salvage at the Neptune Pool and in La Casa Grande during their visit May 31 and June 1.

Markham, who has appeared in more than 100 movies, television shows and series, including “Love, American Style,” “Bay Watch” and “Dallas,” said “Julia Morgan utilized it all within the castle. … Some people called it kitsch. Now it’s recognized for what it is, magnificent artwork … utilized in place rather than having it just hanging somewhere.”

The crew also shot scenes at Old San Simeon Village, William Randolph Hearst Memorial State Beach and the elephant seal rookery near Piedras Blancas Light Station.

Initial Boneyard shows focus on reuse of railroad, automotive and airplane materials. No air date for the Hearst Castle episode has been announced.

— Kathe Tanner

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