Pioneertown

During a trip to Joshua Tree National Park, a side trip planned by photographer friends from Inland Empire Photo Club in Temecula, California took us to Pioneertown, California. Not being a fan of kitschy, touristy stuff, I was pleasantly surprised to find the history behind this little town. During my early childhood, Roy Rogers built this town as a movie set for his many westerns produced in the 1950’s. What made it neat was that I had traveled with my family during that same time and took a trip into Hollywood to meet Trigger (his horse). (I’m trying to find a photo from my mother’s slide collection – I will post it later if I find it.)  Below is a picture of Roy Rogers bowling the first set in the bowling alley in Pioneertown. Look at his tight pants – you can tell he’s not a real cowboy! That’s his wife Dale Evans to the left, and I think the Sons of the Pioneers singing group behind (but not sure about that).

Roy Rogers

This dog was very friendly until I raised my camera then he became super shy (his doggie friend dove for cover).
This dog was very friendly until I raised my camera then he became super shy and wouldn’t look at me (his doggie friend dove for cover). The bowling alley where Roy Rogers was bowling is across the street.
The Trading Post where there were scores of old photos.
The Trading Post where there were scores of old photos. The machine with the wheel is an old printing press.
This is the store that had the old photos.
The town is also inhabited. This is a private residence, complete with chickens.
The patio of the private residence.
The patio of the private residence. Neat looking rock with turquoise on the right.
Something to do on the weekend!
This is a favorite pastime in the west. My hairdresser and her family dress up as saloon girls and travel a couple of times a year for this sort of thing.
This is probably original  to the 50's.
This is probably original to the 50’s.
I stayed for part of the service - a nice little spirit filled church!
An active church, I stayed for part of the service – a nice little spirit filled church complete with drums, guitar and singers!
The lantern is reflecting the mountains behind me.
The lantern is reflecting the mountains behind me.
Tim Howard is renovating the old sound stage with updated lighting and sound options for the town's use.
Tim Howard is renovating the old sound stage with updated lighting and sound options for the town’s use. At the moment, he’s selling books to raise the needed funds.
Some of the stores are rented by artisans, others are used as non-profits to benefit the town.
Artisans rent some of the stores, others are non-profits selling local crafts to help the town.
Good thing this store was closed, there were some pretty things inside.
It’s a good thing for me this store was closed, there were some pretty things inside – no room in the RV!
One of the movie scenes produced here.
One of the movie scenes produced here. Printed underneath it said: Philip Krasne presents THE CISCO KID in SATAN’S CRADLE starring Duncan Renaldo as CISCO and LEO CARRILLO as PANCHO VILLA. (Copyright 1949)
Cactus Man.
Cactus Man.
People are allowed to bring their horses and ride through 'Mane Street' to make it feel authentic (watch your step).
People are encouraged to bring their horses and ride through ‘Mane Street’ to make it feel authentic (watch your step).
A nice place to visit!
A nice place to visit!

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