Pioneertown is a world-renowned and historical little gem. It was founded and built in 1946 to look like the 1870s by a group of Hollywood investors, Dick Curtis, Roy Rogers, and Russell Hayden to name a few. Gene Autry filmed every episode of his show at the six-lane Pioneer Bowl bowling Alley, Rogers himself rolled out the first ball in 1949.
More than 50 films and several television shows were filmed throughout the 1940s and 1950s. With facades for filming and interiors open to the public, it became a hot spot for Western movie stars. Today you can enjoy a cocktail and a nibble at The Red Dog Saloon, live music and dinner at the world-famous Pappy & Harriet’s Palace, buy handmade pottery, take a long motorcycle ride or just enjoy an evening stroll down Mane Street. If you want to stay for a night or a week, there are many Airbnb’s in the area, and the Pioneertown Motel has 19 guest rooms and is an original fixture built in 1946. Nowadays, they do a Wild West show called the Mane Street Stampede. It’s seasonal, but if you are lucky, it operates on the 2nd and 4th Saturday at 2:30 PM. There is also the Pipes Canyon Wildlife Preserve, which allows you to hike or go horseback riding. With a population of only 420 people, it is truly rural living with fabulous homes and incredible views throughout Pioneertown, Burns Canyon, and Pipes Canyon.