Category Old News

Random Old Newspaper Articles from 1946 through 1996. Fifty years worth of the unique history of Pioneertown California.


Pioneertown A ghost town haunted by people By Jack Delaney WE ENTERED the central compound of Pioneertown with caution, expecting a fight to tumble through the saloon doors any minute, or the “fastest gun in the West” to make a…

California Golden Empire

California Golden Empire New Yucca Valley City Plans Restoration of Pioneertown If one listens closely these days, one will hear strange sounds disturbing the normal stillness of California’s high desert. These are the sounds of men and machines as they…

Pioneertown–Golden Empire

Pioneertown–Golden Empire Exciting Development Preserves ‘Old West’ Pioneertown California, a 19th century-designed town once used us it movie set for numerous Western movies in the 1040’s and 50’s. is fast becoming the “capital” of one or met most exciting land…

Apr. 9, 1966 featured image

Fire Destroys
Red Dog Saloon

The long bar was used as an interior shot in countless western movies, filmed here in years gone by. The back portion of this bar, an authentic antique, was reported to have come from France via sailing ship to New Orleans in the post-Civil War period. From there it was dismantled, crated and shipped by wagon train to California. It, too, was destroyed.
Apr. 11, 1966 -The Los Angeles Times

LA Times April 11, 1966

The third fire in a week in tiny Pioneertown in Yucca Valley burned actor Jack Bailey's Golden Stallion restaurant to the ground after an employee fell asleep smoking, causing more than $50,000 damage, officials reported. Friday a $45,000 fire destroyed the Red Dog Saloon a block of the street, and a third fire last Monday caused $3,500 damage. Officials said the fires were apparently unrelated.

Old West Horse Race Set For Pioneertown

Old West Horse Race Set For Pioneertown The sound of thundering hooves will once again be heard on Pioneertown’s “Mane” Street every weekend starting July 2, 3 and 4. These jackpot horse races and the featured “event in community annual…

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