53626 Mane Street, Pioneertown, Ca
Near Johsua Tree National Park
and just 45 minutes from Palm Springs
Pioneertown, California was established in 1946, not as an actual town, but as a live-in movie set for the then, massively popular, western movies and soon-to-be television shows. The section of land (640 acres) that is now Pioneertown proper, was purchased by a consortium of interests in Hollywood, instigated by The Sons of the Pioneers, the singing cowboy group that worked with Roy Rogers and were famous in their own right. Other investors included Roy Rogers himself, Gene Autry, Dick Curtis and Russell Hayden. Being a live-in movie set meant that there were actual structures behind the facades. These were used as editing rooms as well as for hair, makeup and costuming. Some of the buildings were for entertaining the cast and crew, such as the Pioneer Bowl bowling alley and the Cantina (where Pappy and Harriet's now stands). The still-thriving Pioneertown Motel and some of the other buildings would house the higher-ups for the duration of the shoot, considering they were at least two-hours' drive from Los Angeles, where most of the cast and crew would have lived. The first show shot in Pioneertown is said to have been The Cisco Kid, later followed by Annie Oakley and many movies. You can find out more about the history of Pioneertown and read the filmography here. Scroll down for more links to what's happening in Pioneertown currently.
Located just to the east of us, the mercantile is the studio of traditional saddle-maker Gary Suppes and leather-worker John Ironsnake Jeffries. Stop on in for a cold soda, harmonica, new hand-tooled belt or hand-made western saddle, pair of chaps or gun holster ... made the old-fashioned way.
Jack Cass Saloon
Well, not an actual saloon, but a really cool co-op showcasing the work of local artists and crafters. Open Friday through Sunday for your perusal and purchases.
Directions to Our Studio ...
From the I-10, take exit 117 for CA-62 toward 29 Palms/Yucca Valley. Head up the grade through Morongo Valley, then the next grade into Yucca Valley. Take the fourth light, Pioneertown Road North (left). Follow up into Pioneertown, past Pappy and Harriet's to the Pioneer Bowl. Turn right into the parking lot and stroll across Mane Street.
Goats and Soaps
Just to the west of us, Bill Gosen introduces their beautiful pygora (pygmy/angora) goats to visitors as wife, Joann, spins wool on a spinning wheel out front of their tiny store, where you can find hand-knit hats and scarves and goat-milk soaps made by Bill and Joann at their goat ranch right up the road. Doesn't get any sweeter! Okay, yeah it does ... when they bring the BABY goats out in the spring!
Pappy & Harriet's
Real-life honky-tonk, mesquite BBQ - consistently great food and live music. Check out their site to see who's playing. Call for reservations.
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday!
53688 Pioneertown Rd, Pioneertown, CA 92268
Mane Street Stampede and the Gunfighters for Hire
Western reenactors 'shooting it up' every Saturday and Sunday (respectively) @ 2:30 pm, April through October.
Located right behind us ... a stone's throw from Pappy's.
Awesome camping with or without horses
53626 Mane Street
Pioneertown CA 92268