Pioneertown will be the setting for the Western Roundup square dance next Saturday evening at 8. Yucca Valley Hi-D Squares will sponsor the big dance under the stars. Max Normando, La Habra, has been engaged to call the squares.
Pioneertown Gun Club Being Formed Joe Hammett of the Shootin’ Iron gun shop on Mane Street, Pioneertown, is organizing a gun club for the Hi-Desert. Anyone interested in joining the Pioneertown Gun Club can contact Hammett in care of the…
The Agua Caliente Indians extended to the Boy Scouts of America a lease in Chino Canyon for a camp, which would not have permanent buildings and would be for the exclusive use of the Boy scouts.
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.
"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.
A magnificent plateau with cliffs of sand spills down to the floor of the wash to mix with tremendous boulders that form patterns between the cactus and yuccas.
The roads leading into this small community northwest of Yucca Valley have been washed out for five days.
Pioneertown hosts a 40K Biathlon race today, including a 10K run and 30K bicycle trip, starting and finishing at Pioneertown Palace. Men and women compete in age groups of 14-19, 20-29, 30-39 and 40-up, in relays as well as individuals and five-person teams.
It lies in a tranquil valley of more than 13,000 acres, ringed by sawtooth mountains, some 22 miles from Big Bear Lake. The surroundings are shrouded in both fact and fantasy, with names like Deadman’s Dry Lake, Old Woman Springs, Duncan Flats, Black Lava Butte and Devil’s Garden.
A fire that may have been started by a campfire burned 2,000 acres of brush in rough terrain Tuesday before firefighters controlled it, said a California Department of Forestry captain.