I went to Pioneertown today. Basically it's an odd tourist attraction in the desert by Joshua Tree with a bit of historical relevance. They have filmed over 200 western TV shows/Films there back in the 1940's and 1950's. In the eighties they sold each building to willing buyers and most of the buildings are in there original condition. I had never heard of the place until yesterday and it seemed like such an anomaly that I had to go. So my boyfriend and I made the journey out today and it was ridiculously amazing.
Apparently if you go on a Saturday or Sunday they have reenactments, but we went on a Tuesday so all we saw were two old couples taking pictures. Luckily we ran into an owner of three of the buildings on Mane Street (Yeas it's MANE STREET) that told us the real story. In the early 90's the California State Government told each property owner that they had to make all of the buildings up to code, which lead to 2/3's of the buildings being torn down. It's really a shame that they didn't keep more of it in tacked but what they had was still amazing.