The Hearst Church in Pinos Altos is shown here on a typical mid-winter day-- crisp air, warm sun, melting snow, conditions which it's endured for a hundred years, a hymn of adobe, plaster, bare wood and glass. Unbelievable, we are over 7,000 feet elevation, walk with peace or you may get winded! (Winter 2002 2003)
This Methodist Church (circa 1898) was funded by Hearsts and associated with Phebe Hearst, the mother of the magnate William Randolph Hearst Jr. (he was born 1863, died1951).... The Church was built some 14 years before New Mexico became a State. The Hearst family spent time in the area near Silver City. The family owned the Hearst gold mines near Pinos Altos, and the gold used between 1922 and 1939 in the construction of the well-known Hearst Castle Estate in San Simeon, California was mined in their gold mines. When this photographer was hiking the hills near this Church, gold was easily still found in old mine debris. Down the hill from the Church is historic Fort Cobre.