HOLLYWOOD–Yucca Village a small settlement near 29 Palms, California, now has an airport — all because of Gene Autry.

Notified that Autry wanted to fly his entire company there from Hollywood to film “The Cowboy and the Indian.” in nearby Pioneertown, citizens of Yucca Village, purchased Army surplus landing strip section and in one day laid an S-shaped strip each runaway 3000 feet long.