Located about two hours away from Los Angeles is Pioneertown, a town established in the 1940s as a western set for film and television. Today, many of the original buildings are still standing, giving a glimpse into the old Hollywood Western.
When I used to visit my grandparents out in the California desert one of my favorite sights to see was Pioneertown. This town started out as a live-in Old West motion picture set and has stood the test of time and the threat of desert fires. You really feel like you are in a Western movie with tumbleweeds and wagons rolling down the unpaved street while walking along Mane Street. Among the actual homes of the residences of this little town are a saloon, bank, bathhouse, and a livery stable.
The town is accessed via Pioneertown Road at California State Route 62 in the town of Yucca Valley. During the week, it can feel like a ghost town but on the weekends, there are mock gunfights staged along Mane Street in the tourist season (from spring through to the fall). Also, Pioneertown is home to Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, a longtime local club and landmark built within one of the original sets that has it’s own little cult following.