Travel Diary: Pioneertown

Who among you have seen the Wild, Wild West? Whether you’ve seen the classic TV series or its film adaptation starring Will Smith and Kevin Kline, the first thing that comes to mind is an image of an old western town, yes?

When Roan showed me photos of Pioneertown from Google images, Wild, Wild West was exactly what I had in mind. I even asked, at one point, if a part of the movie was filmed there. Well, it wasn’t, but it was specifically built for that purpose—a production set for motion-picture and TV series—in the 1940s. Pioneertown, California, is an unincorporated community in the Morongo Basin region of southern California’s Inland Empire Metropolitan Area, on Pioneertown Road at Route 62 in the town of Yucca Valley.

Pioneertown was our third stop on the same day we went to Palm Springs. It was a long drive going there, and in spite of the car’s A/C, we could tell how hot it was outside. When we got to Pioneertown, we were welcomed by what-felt-like a barren land.

There were cars nearby because of Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, a popular local club and restaurant, which is also considered a landmark; however, there were only about five people (including ourselves) exploring around Pioneertown itself. It seemed like we were transported to a time when those establishments were built.

It felt a little strange, though, that there were music playing in the background, but it didn’t seem like the shops are still operational. Roan wanted to go in, but I was feeling a bit off, so we settled in taking photos around before we headed back on the road.

Pioneertown Road
Pioneertown, CA 92268

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