3.16.2010

Pioneertown

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.

10 comments:

kate maggie said...

What amazing history..that type of stuff fascinates me! You will have to go back on a saturday or sunday to see the show! :) So so cool..you look very lovely too!

avalonne said...

This is so beautiful, love the photos! Whoa, it's so historical. Love your hat and cardigan! Sounds like you had a fun day, I'm glad :)

spoozyliciouzz said...

What a variety of great pics!! If i ever have to show people what the Mid West of the US looks like, i´ll direct ´em here...feels like being taken back to 1890...(except from the guy in the hoody, that´s way two much forward for that time).

Grrrrreat!

Dirty Hair Halo said...

i'm pretty inspired by HOW you acquire a lot of your clothes. I've made it a point to not purchase anything new (just used)going into this spring/summer for the sake of my wallet and because of how awesome thrift store finds tend to be. thanks for all the great inspiration.

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DearBeatrice said...

that looks like such a neat place! I will add it to my list of places to visit! ^.^

Lucy Marmalade said...

These are incredible photos! Everything reeks of sand and expanse.

Zoe_Flood said...

I think ive been there before when I was young, I can't quite remmeber ha!

btw what area of california do you reside in?

on our conversation, I agree totally, I always get so bothered with these "socialites" if you could call them, that always have party pictures on their blogs on how f-ed up they are and the next skank outfit they are wearing, and I read the comments and people are like "oh I really love your style you are a real inspiration. gah!

but I look at someone like you, or betty from paris, or people who just have a classic style and hold themselves with poise and sophistication and it makes me happy to know there are some exceptional people in the world ;]

Mamushka Marie said...

so cool. love this photo set, and your outfit, per usual, is adorable.
xo,
claire
Mamushka Marie

Mel said...

OH WOW that's so fascinating! It's like a part of film history! I love the pictures you took, it looks so cool!

disarming darling said...

from what i can see of your outfit in this post, i love it. that cardigan looks amazing, the hat is fantastic, and those shorts fit so so well. lovely.