Walsh is one of about 300 residents of Pioneertown proper, a square-mile community in the hills near Yucca Valley, in Southern California’s high desert near Palm Springs.
Constance Walsh was proud of her latest treasure: the back end of a 1951 Studebaker. She found it in a wash near her home and had a town official hail it from her yard. So what if it’s rusted and full of holes? Its trunk would make a perfect planter for desert flora. Besides, it […]
Pioneertown residents can’t agree whether to cling to their backwater identity or court the entertainment industry, which built and then forgot the high desert town.
When Roy Rogers, Russ “Lucky” Hayden and other Hollywood cowboys pushed a road up to this high desert hideaway in 1946, they found an ideal Western movie-picture set complete with stout Joshua trees, jumbled granite boulders, and miles of sky.
It’s not the wild, wild west, but it sure feels like it – from the dusty dirt roads to the boarded-up saloon, the bath-house and the livery. Without the cars and the little old lady zipping down Mane Street on a three-wheeled motorized cart, a poodle on a platform at her feet, you’d think you just stepped back in time.