PIONEERTOWN ~ A Wild-West Movie Set from long, long ago

Real Estate Agent with LakeView Realty Enterprises, Inc DRE 01235311

A few weeks ago my Honey and I went on a Sunday afternoon drive to the desert ~ out toward Twenty-Nine Palms (home to a large Marine Base).  It was not ALL pleasure, we were on a mission; to see a piece of dirt he and his siblings inherited.  As we always do when we're heading off the mountain, we checked out  "places of interest" we might be crusing by during our outing.  As luck would have it, we'd be going by Yucca Valley, in the Morongo Basin, which would put us very near PIONEERTOWN! (It's about 26 miles north of Palm Springs).

PIONEERTOWN was built back in the '40's as a wild west movie set. The day we visited, the desert weather was perfect at 73 degrees. We meandered around MANE Street as did a couple dozen other "tourists."  Normally, this place is bustling on weekends with, not only people checkin' out a "bit of the past," but with Gunslingers, Saloon Gals in their tight-waisted, frilly dresses, giddy-up horses and the likes. If you're hangin' out the second and last Sunday of the month (April thru October) you'll see some watch your back!  Just check out some of these mean lookin' faces and you'll know what I mean!

ROY ROGERS, a famous singing cowboy/movie star, played a big role in PIONEERTOWN. He was the one responsible for the building of PIONEER BOWL, and much more. It's said he threw out the first ball. Besides Roy, other celebrity western-stars who spent time filming cowboy flicks here were Gene Autry, The Cisco Kid, Gail Davis, Judge Roy Bean, Hopalong Cassidy and Bud name a few. Picture the heydays back then, if you will.

 We'd already eaten lunch before we headed to PIONEERTOWN, otherwise we would have grabbed some grub at Pappy and Harriets Pioneertown Palace, located right thar on the property. This particular day it was packed with folks who had some nice lookin' Harley's parked outside by the hitching post.  Oh boy, did the smell of bar-b-cue and onions ever surround that joint!

Now if you've come a long distance and want to bunk down for the night, you might want to rest your weary bones where the stars (as in movie) slept, at the "original" PIONEERTOWN MOTEL. I'm tellin' ya'll, this place is cute as a bug's ear and will make ya think you've stepped into some time-machine!   You might wanna call ahead fer reservations.... And get this, they even have stables to board your horse if that's what you galloped in on.

There's so much more to say, but if I told you every blasted detail then I'd be taken' some of the fun out of it for you, if you decide (and you're near or passing through this beautiful desert area) to drop in and see this spread... and you really should!

 Don't fret, you don't have to put on chaps, hats or boots to visit PIONEERTOWN. Just say Yee-haw every now-and-again to the fine folks who take care of this yippee i o get along little doggie wild-west "faux" town.   




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(any typos or gramm-er boo boo's ya'll saw was dun on perpose) :)


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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Kat, this looks like such a fun place to enjoy on a weekend, not only for the kids but also the adults, plus you can stay close in too.

Mar 31, 2009 03:21 AM #1
Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ


I'm speechless...!!! Thanks,   Fran

Mar 31, 2009 06:23 AM #2
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Hi Kat,

Sounds like my kind of place.....and wow, you sure presented this in a way that makes me want to hop on my horse and gallop down there right now...

beautiful photos!


Mar 31, 2009 01:16 PM #3
Roger Johnson
Hickory Real Estate Group - Hickory, NC
Realtor - Hickory NC Real Estate

That place looks AWESOME!  Thanks for the pics, Kat.  Definitely a place I'd want to spend some time at if I ever get a chance to come out that way.

Mar 31, 2009 01:29 PM #4
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

Kat- What a wonderful and complete write up about Pioneertown! Love the photos you took as well.  It looks like a lot of fun. I remember when we go to the Alamo and see some reinactments there and also the Tombstone shoot out. I love the historic type events and places. Thanks for sharing. Katerina

Mar 31, 2009 01:45 PM #5
Bob Hirsch
The AVD Group - Bellflower, CA

Had a great evening at Pappy and Harriet's a couple of years ago.  Definitely not G rated.  Highly recommended.

Mar 31, 2009 02:18 PM #6
Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

Now THAT is a place I would LOVE to work! Really! Love the place and surroundings, and have read stories about it before but yours is the best.

Mar 31, 2009 07:16 PM #7
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Kat, looks like a lot of fun!  We will have to check it out one of these trips to California, especially before it gets too hot!

Mar 31, 2009 10:06 PM #8
Caren Wallace
Premier Property Group LLC - Tualatin, OR
Portland Caren Real Estate

Howdy Kat, this post makes me want to giddy-up and tell my horse to whoa! Loved the pictures and I love old western movies, they take me back to my childhood!!

Mar 31, 2009 11:15 PM #9
Kathie Burby
Coldwell Banker Mother Lode Real Estate - Sonora, CA
REALTOR, SFR, Tuolumne County Real Estate Guide

Kat - Great writing! Wonderful post. I'ld forgotten about Pioneertown. Its been many years since I've been there but you made it sound just as fascinating as I remember. Thanks

Apr 01, 2009 06:12 AM #10
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