Old Movies: I Recognized Those Rocks

When I toured the Joshua Tree Nat’l Park, I remarked that the rock formations were so reminiscent of what I recall seeing as a young boy in the mid 50’s. The old Western movies often had these unique rock formations in the background as White hats chased Dark hats, single action six shooters blazing.

JT Rock Pile SB

I did a little research and discovered a little spot near the Joshua Tree N.P. named Pioneertown. This was where many older Westerns were filmed. Roy Rogers, Cisco and Poncho, Gene Autry to name a few rode through these badlands in the day. And, if you are probably 60 or older and watched those Westerns you will recall those special rocks in the background. Watch Cisco & Poncho here (scroll into the movie to 9:15 up to 11:20 for the rock formations…in the rest of the movie, the old buildings were part of the movie set for Pioneertown).

6 Responses to “Old Movies: I Recognized Those Rocks”

  1. April 10, 2013 at 15:27

    Did you get a chance to go see Alabama Hills and Movie Flat Road just outside of Lone Pine? I recognize a lot of television commercials, Django unchained and lots of old westerns filmed at this location.


  2. 3 Annietiques
    April 8, 2013 at 16:55

    Next year, we’ll take you to see Pioneertown!!!! And have a great meal at Pappy & Harriet’s!! My great Aunt Ruth used to have trick roping act with the Gene Autry Wild West show……..she was quite the character…..she and her family traveled all over the US and Europe with him………


    • April 9, 2013 at 07:28

      Oh my! Well we went last night! BUT, we will take you up on that invite and can’t wait to hear about Aunt Ruth!


      • 5 Annietiques
        April 9, 2013 at 07:39

        Did you go to Pappy & Harriet’s???? On Saturdays April thru October they re-enact a Mane Street Stampede Wild West Show, it is a blast for old and young alike. Other things not to miss is the drive thru Pipes Canyon and the Integratron in Landers which is also home to the largest earthquake in California history! You can still see where the earth shifted several feet in places!


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