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).