A resolution asking state and federal forestry officials to provide the estimated $2 million for the construction of Pioneer Loop Road between Big Bear and Yucca Valley was approved yesterday by the Board of Supervisors.
The 11th Annual Pioneer Pass Golf Challenge will be played Oct. 17 through 19. The first 18 Holes will be over the Blue Sky Golf Course and the 19th hole, a 28-mile long challenge, will be marked off along Pioneer Pass Rd. to Pioneertown in Yucca Valley.
Santa Claus came down Pioneertown’s Mane Street in a covered wagon on December 25, 1947. Pioneertown wasn’t a year old yet, but it was bustling with building and plans. The population had almost reached its peak… there ‘were about 300 people, 68 horses, 43 dogs, 29 cats, 4 canaries, 2 Love Birds and 1 parrot. Eight shops had been built along Mane Street and half a dozen homes had been completed around town. There were a few more homes and a motel in Rimrock.
Pioneertown was built in 1947 as a set for western movies, according to Hester Guinan, who has lived in the town for 22 years and has been its Postmaster for 17 years. Among the many cowboy sagas shot there were "Jeopardy" with Barbara Stanwyck, most of the Gene Autry and Cisco Kid films and recently "Tell them Willie Boy is here," starring Robert Redford.
The first public hearing, concerning a requested zone change in Pioneertown, will take place before the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors tomorrow at 3 p.m. The hearing, requested on petition of actor Russell Hayden, one of the original Pioneertown developers, is for consideration of a zone change from rural residence (RR) to desert living (DL) in portions of section 20, Township 1 North, Range 5 East. The portions lie both north and south of Pioneertown Road and in the vicinity of Skyline Ranch Road.
Use of an 80-acre site west of Pioneertown for development of a trailer and camper park was approved by the county planning commission last week on condition that an improved road be built to provide adequate access.
One hole calls for a 7- or 8-iron shot across a gully on the Pioneertown ranch of Russel (Lucky) Hayden, a cowboy star of the Hopalong Cassidy era. One that sticks in a 20-foot circle perched on a parched hillside is rewarded by Hayden with a bottle of champagne. An errant hook, however, may end up in the saloon of Hayden's western-style movie set.
Sixty-six players (54 men and 12 women), plus an entourage of close to 300 spotters, judges (scorers and rules committee). Sponsors, vehicle drivers, and disbelieving friends, completed in this year's event recently–to the astonishment of deer hunters, motorcycle riders, and forest rangers who also frequent that neck of the woods.
The "course" is 27 miles of sagebrush, Joshua trees, cactus, deep ravines and rocky ledges from Baldwin Lake (altitude 8,800 feet) in the San Bernardino mountains in California to Yucca Valley (3,300 feet) in the Mojave Desert.
Schedule events include an 8 p.m. dance Friday night at Sportsmen's hall on Sunbursts Avenue; A parade starting at 10 a.m. Saturday morning in the downtown Joshua Tree; an arts and crafts display Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Elementary school multi-purpose room on Sunburst Avenue; and a gymkhana Sunday at 2 p.m. in Sportsman's Park. There will be rides, game booths, food booths and "tailgaters" with rocks and jewelry, crafts and souvenirs at Sportsmen's Hall and Park on both days. Russell and Mousey Hayden of Pioneertown will be the grand marshals of the parade.