Historic Newspaper Archives

Apr. 30, 1975 featured image

May 3 and 4
Joshua Tree readies
Annual Turtle Days

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.
Sept. 19, 1975 featured image

Pioneer Pass Golf Challenge

The common hazards on the 10-hole course includes: ravines, sagebrush, rocks, snakes and lost balls. Each golfer has a spotter to keep track of the ball. Some holes are a few hundred yards along, others more than a mile.
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Rocks, Snakes in Golf Challenge

In the early days of the Pioneer Pass Challenge, players walked or rode horseback the entire 27 miles, but today there us transportation from hole to hole by truck. The "cup" on the 10 Pioneer Pass holes is a 20-foot circle, but to reach it players must shoot over and around sagebrush, Joshua trees, rocks and even a snake or two. Play runs past Rimrock, through Pioneertown and the Russ Hayden Western Museum en route to the final hole at the Blue Shies course.
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Here’s welcome to Pioneertown

"Yep, things are generally pretty lively around here," says Red Dog Saloon manager Bill Anderson. "But it wasn't always this way. In fact, back in the late 60's and early 70's the town almost died. You see, both the Red Dog and the Golden Stallion saloons burned down. It was ca-ta-strophic," he sighed, remembering that dull period in the town's history.
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Pioneertown Hearing set on water

The county's Special District Department is recommending formation of an improvement zone for the small community north of Yucca Valley but is suggesting an advisory election prior to a proposed one-year $122 fee on the 300 properties in the area to finance design of a system.