Welcome To A Classic Wild West Ghost Town!
Careful the Sheriff don’t get angry, or you’ll wind up in Pioneertown’s very cozy jail!
Welcome to a classic California ghost town, which as been restored to its former glory!
Pioneertown, California is located about 130 miles east of Los Angeles – an easy drive through sprawling series of cities, until you head up into the desert!
This classic Wild West ghost town was salvaged and restored, lovingly reminding you of a colorful time in California’s past…
The area is now surrounded by privately and federally protected lands.
Hooray For Hollywood!
Thanks to Hollywood, Pioneertown survives and thrives!
Who wants to spend the night and perhaps have a bath?
Actor Dick Curtis started up the town in 1946 as an 1880’s themed Old West town, with sets designed to be sued as movie sets.
Hundreds of Westerns and early television shows were filmed in Pioneertown, including The Cisco Kid and Edgar Buchanan’s “Judge Roy Bean”.
Of course, the best way to visit is to mosey on in on horseback – and you can tie up at the general store if you need some supplies for the visit…
As of 2019, Pioneertown had a population of 420 – and as you can see, the town is dotted with reminders of a time long ago…
As you can see, they have retained the charm of a small Wild West town…offering a ton of great backdrops for photos – and lots of souvenirs as well…
In July 2006, parts of Pioneertown were burned in the Sawtooth Complex fire, which also burned into Yucca Valley and Morongo Valley.
Firefighters managed to save the historic movie-set buildings, but much of the surrounding desert habitat was damaged.
Welcome To Pappy & Harriott’s!
Among the buildings saved was the iconic restaurant and bar Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, a longtime local club and landmark that, until the pandemic, has regular live music and always terrific food!
Pioneertown is a fun visit, nestled amid some of California’s greatest parks and deserts.
On our way out, we noticed a very important restaurant:
Well, if they were going to take the time to name the place after me, the least I could do was to eat there!
I had a classic All-American burger, piled with lettuce, tomato, pickle and ketchup…
A very nice and tasty touch was the special seasoning on the fries…delicious!
Very close by is one of our country’s greatest National Parks:
Joshua Tree National Park is an incredible place to explore, and I you click on my story here you can se much much more!
About eight hours east will let you discover America’s most famous Wild West town:
Welcome To Tombstone!
Yes, the read town of Tombstone – where the “Gunfight At The OK Corral” took place!
Click here to see the town up close and a reenactment of the actual OK Corral gunfight!
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