Pioneertown was originally created a living Old West motion-picture set, built in the 1940s. The set was designed to provide a place for the actors to live while using their homes in the movie. A number of Westerns and early television shows were filmed in Pioneertown, including The Cisco Kid, Judge Roy Bean, Annie Oakley and the Gene Autry Show. Take a stroll down Mane street to see some of the old buildings used in the movie sets- some are now retail shops and others are private residences. Be sure to stop by MazAmar Art Pottery, Jessie Keylon's art studio, The Saddle Shop, General Merchantile, and Arrow and Bear.
Also not to be missed is the world-famous Pappy and Harriet's restaurant/bar. Pappy & Harriet's began as the “cantina” set for numerous western films in the 1940's and 50's. In 1972, Harriet’s mother, Francis Aleba, and her husband, John, purchased the building and opened “The Cantina”, an outlaw biker burrito bar. In 1982, Harriet and her husband, Claude “Pappy” Allen, opened “Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace”. Robyn Celia and Linda Krantz bought Pappy's in 2003 well after Pappy passed away and brought it back to its glory days. You can feel all this history and more while sitting at the bar eating great food and listening to some of the best music in the world every night of the week.
If you're looking for a place to stay, check out the Pioneertown Motel just steps from Pappy's. The Motel was originally built for the movie stars to stay while filming in the 1940's, and they've restored it with the original motel in mind. Since acquiring the motel in 2014, their team spent 2 years dreaming, designing & restoring this historical property.
If you'd like to learn more about Pioneertown, pick up this newly published comprehensive book - you can find it at the General Merchantile (across the street from us) or on Amazon.