Story and Photos by Mike Bennett

Remember when Chevy Chase took the kids to that western town in Vacation? It’s like that.

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If you go on the right day you can see a real live wild west re-enactment.

Pioneertown is one of the last living western towns in our state. Take highway 62 towards Yucca Valley and take a left on Pioneertown road. This trip may have taken 2 days by stagecoach or covered wagon. Think about that.

Don’t miss the famous Pappy and Harriet’s. This is one crazy building with bottles in the walls and shutters that open up to the outside. And the BBQ always smells so good. It is delicious by the way. Smashing Pumpkins, Robert Plant and many others have played at this small venue. Check out all the pictures and art hanging around. If you go this summer, think about all the real pioneers who lived here without air conditioning.

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Drive safe and enjoy the scenery.

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