“Visit an Old West town built as a 1940’s movie set”
In 1946, Pioneertown was founded by a group of Hollywood investors, including actors Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. They dreamed of creating an Old West set that was actually a town worth visiting, with 1880s-style false-front facades but interiors that had stuff for visitors to see and do too. Up went (from the outside) frontier stables, saloons, and jails; inside, they housed ice cream parlors, bowling alleys, and motels. More than 50 films and television shows were filmed here in the 1940s and ‘50s. While location shooting and businesses here have dwindled, you can still see mock gunfights on Mane Street (pun intended. But the most happening place by far is Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, with surprisingly good live music (Robert Plant and Leon Russell have played here) in a seemingly unlikely setting. This must-see desert find also serves up awesome ribs, plus classic Santa Maria barbecue, burgers, sandwiches, and salads.
Tons of fun! We took a couple nights out of the RV and stayed in the hotel. The hotel theme was spot on and I enjoyed my morning coffee on the front stoop: great bird and people watching. It is busier than expected with 1.5 hour waits at the 2 restaurants in town. Be prepared to eat early. I was also hoping to star gaze but alas couldn’t wait up until the town closed down, which wasn’t at all late at about 10;30-11:00.
it was okay if itd on the way stop if not ehhhh
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