MEXICO: End of An Empire

With all the power of his vast fortune, his 16 newspapers and his granite will, the late William Randolph Hearst fought to the end to hold on to his fabulous 1,625,000-acre Mexican ranch, Babicora. His father, Senator George Hearst, had founded the property, picking up land for peanuts in the last days of the 19th century, and his mother, Phoebe Apperson Hearst, expanded the ranch.

Their son cherished the place for both sentimental and business reasons, for it made substantial profits over the years, mainly in blooded Shorthorns and Herefords pastured in scores...

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