Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sunday's Column - Pioneertown

Pioneertown was a movie set in the mid forties.  The above saloon started out as only a one-sided facade, called the Cantina.  Roy Rogers and Gene Autry and some friends named the town after Rogers' group "The Sons of the Pioneers."  Today it has a number of the original buildings, including Pappy and Harriet's Saloon which is a popular haunt for riders of horses and Harleys.  There is also a motel and a bowling barn where Rogers bowled the first ball - naturally it was a strike.  The little town is only open from Thursday's through Sunday's so it's a real ghost town on the other days.

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