During a recent trip to Hollywood for conferences with director Arthur Libin on “Rhubarb,” his best-selling novel about a cat bequested ownership of a Brooklyn baseball club. Famed writer H. Allen Smith gathered with material for a magazine story on Pioneertown, resort development near Palm Springs.
The character that outgrew her is that of Cactus Kate, a cigar smoking sure shot, who rode down from the mountains into the San Bernadino valley on her old gray mare, Lightnin’, into Pioneertown Cal.
Roy Bean is being filmed in Pioneertown four miles north of Yucca Valley. This quaint old collection of real and make-believe buildings was built for one purpose — to be use as a backdrop for western movies, both television and regular.
SACRAMENTO – The State Alcoholic Appeals Board Tuesday took under advisement the petition of Val Jones and D. J. Knox for a seasonal liquor license for the Red Dog Cafe in Pioneertown in San Bernadino County.
A setting for many motion pictures and television features, Pioneertown has been created expressly to provide an authentic-appearing Western town. While some of its buildings are only false fronts, others are real and contain shops, restaurants and the like to serve the needs of visitors.
Some of Hollywood’s most famous actors slept here, sometimes through their vast scenes. The Cisco Kid series was made in Pioneertown and Gene Autry live here from 1948 to 1950 while making Annie Oakley. For the Judge Roy BeAn television series the village was altered to look like Langtry, Tex. All told, the front face of pioneer town has appeared in some 200 films, In its salad days 3000 visitors flooded the town on weekends, filtering in and out of the saloons and restaurants along Mane street.
Should anyone know of a boulevardier without a boulevard, the local main street is for hire at $25 a day. In this home of the hoss opera, however, it is called Mane St. There is a big sign as you drive in from the desert hills and it says, “Please Do Not Drive on Mane St.” This is a sort of one-yak town.
FOLLOWING the trip into Joshua Tree National Monument, we drove to Pioneertown, near Yucca Valley. This is a collection of ancient buildings–supposedly a century old.
About $2,500 damage was suffered at the Red Dog Cafe in Pioneertown at 8:20 a.m. Sunday.
The cause of the blaze was not determined. It was put out by fire fighting units of the State Forestry Division and three cooperating units from Yucca Valley Fire District.
“The burro race drivers are mean and cruel. When we get tired and lay down they pour sand in our ears or tie ropes around our lower jaw to pull us upon our tired feet. Even Indian Joe in Arizona wasn’t this mean; he only hit us with a piece of cactus. These drivers will tell you they are not cruel to us, but they are liars. The guard turn their heads to such cruelties. One driver even had a prod stick with a wire from electric batteries attached to it. But the batteries were too low to shock us. Go see for yourself, Mr. Buie, and tell your readers to help stop this cruelty, and I’ll give you a ride sometime.