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Tiny Pioneertown shows how the West was once

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.

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Pioneertown: An Oasis of the Old West

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 […]

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Headed for a Showdown

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.

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Development Hollywood

Movie set, turned community, turned movie set, struggles with… Indentity

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.

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Call it a Draw

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.