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Santa Ynez Canyon aerial view

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Santa Ynez Canyon and Palisades Highlands aerial view, with Topanga at the upper left.

Trippet Ranch

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Topanga State Park

1980 Flood Topples House

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House in the 700 block of Topanga Canyon Boulevard is toppled from its foundation by the February 1980 flood.

Topanga Beach Auto Court

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Topanga Beach Auto Court, with James Talmadge's Deusenberg. James was the son of Buster Keaton and lived on Tuna Beach.

Sooki Raphael, fastest Topanga woman, runs the 10K

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Sooki Raphael, fastest Topanga woman in the Tough Topanga 10K, won this category more than anyone.

Garapatos School Children

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1953 Topanga Journal Newspaper Clipping: "Topanga School 25 Years Ago..., 1923 or 1924"
(But annotated "1910s (photo)")
14 childern of "Canyon pioneers" are named. Histories of some are provided.
Teacher: Miss Alma Seaton
"Photo courtesy Jimmy…

Frederico Joseph Mazet's restored vineyard

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A deer passes by homesteader Frederico Joseph Mazet's 19th-century vineyard (recently restored) and winery in Old Topanga Canyon.

Map of Topanga homesteads in 1908

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A map of homesteads in 1908 along Topanga Canyon Blvd. and Old Topanga Canyon Road, drawn by John H. Mac Neil, Licensed Land Surveyor: Hiram Montgomery, Tony Von Arnswaldt, Frederick Mazet, Topanga Tavern, John Heron, Frederick Post, Templer Allen,…

Map of Topanga Subdivisions and Points of Interest, 1930s

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A map of 1930s Topanga Subdivisions and Points of Interest, drawn by John H. Mac Neil, Licensed Land Surveyor: Fernwood, Topanga Oaks, Veteran Springs, Lida Park, Sylvia Park, Bonnell Park, Post Office Tract, Topanga Canyon Blvd., Old Topanga Canyon…

Trujillo Ranch gate

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Trujillo Ranch gate built by grandson John Wiley in 2001

The Discovery Inn Restaurant

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The Discovery Inn restaurant opened in 1961 at 156 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd.

Topanga Peace Alliance

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The Topanga Peace Alliance held Friday vigils against the Iraq War, like this one at Topanga Canyon Blvd and Pacific Coast Highway, in front of Oasis Imports and the Malibu Feed Bin.

Marge and Richard "Rich" Dehr

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Marge and Richard "Rich" Dehr opened the Discovery Inn restaurant at 156 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd.

Buddha mural on Topanga Canyon Blvd.

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"Buddha on the Wall," a mural on Topanga Canyon Blvd., designed by poster artist Liz Shepherd and painted with Kedric Wolfe and David Totheroh, on Labor Day 1982.

Cheese Rock in Old Topanga Canyon

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Cheese Rock in Old Topanga Canyon Narrows is gouged with holes or "tafoni" caused by differential weathering.

Topanga Days Memorial Day Parade

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Kids ride in the shovel of a pink tractor.

Marie Janisse at Topanga Days

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Marie Janisse, once greeter at The Corral, at Topanga Days.

The Messenger reports a Baby Boom

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The Messenger reports a Baby Boom. FRONT: Maggie Nance and Charlie, Andrea Koepke and Jonah, Jennifer Gilbert and Justin, Stacey Small and Cosmina, Holly Miles and Brandon, Jade Waters and Bodhi, Mark Mahoney and Mia with mom Sylvia behind. BACK:…

Joan Andersson, Rabyn Blake, and Dick Olson.

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Rabyn Blake (center) with Creekside Committee members Joan Andersson and Dick Olson.

Jack and Pat Mac Neil

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Topanga Chamber of Commerce names Jack and Pat Mac Neil 1997 Citizens of the Year.

Citizens of the Year at the Mountain Mermaid

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Citizens of the Year at the Mountain Mermaid. BACK: Bill Buerge, Rabyn Blake, Allen Emerson, Rosi Dagit, Randy Just, Lisa Villasenor, John Mac Neil. FRONT: Marty Brastow, Lee Kelly, Louise York, Susan Nissman, Harriet Swenson, Linda Hinrichs, Pat Mac…

Charles Farley under an Old Topanga bridge

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UCLA graduate Charles Farley wrote a legal brief that won him the right to live homeless under an Old Topanga bridge.

Home where Christina Marie White killed Peter D. Paul

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Investigators search the Topanga Canyon Blvd. home where Christina Marie White killed Peter D. Paul.

The Mermaid

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Owner Bill Buerge's dog Petey poses in front of the restored Mermaid.

The Mermaid

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The Mermaid's interior reflects its Mission Revival style.

The Rocco family at Rocco's restaurant

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The Rocco family at Rocco's restaurant: Eva, Frank, Ryan Schweers (Frank's nephew), Marlene, Kristina Rocco Levy, Jed Levy, Eva Otoala (Marlene's sister) and the kids Lorenzo Levy, Emiliano Zapata and Chaise Levy.

Richard Erickson and Wendie Malick

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Richard Erickson and his wife, actress Wendie Malick, joined the Tijuana Maverick Building Brigade.

Susan Clark and her Pooh Bear Jamie

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Susan Clark and her Pooh Bear Jamie at the Topanga Elementary School Halloween carnival.

Guido Lamell leads the Topanga Philharmonic

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Guido Lamell leads the Topanga Philharmonic in the annual benefit concert for the Topanga Cooperative Preschool.

Postmaster Oscar Reynoso

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Topanga Post Office Postmaster Oscar Reynoso took over in 1994.

"The Boss" Ellen Mills

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Ellen Mills knew so much about Topanga that Post Office Postmaster Oscar Reynoso nicknamed her "The Boss."

Topanga Creek cleanup

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Topanga Creek cleanup. The Stream Team pulls a soggy mattress from the water: Riteh Shah, Kirsty Iredale, Nick Paparella, and Larry Garf.

California Senator Sheila Kuehl

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California Senator Sheila Kuehl attends a community meeting at the Topanga Elementary School Library.

Inn of the Seventh Ray septic pit installation

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A bulldozer digs the "mother of all septic pits" at the Inn of the Seventh Ray.

Topanga Turnout destroyed by floods of 1998

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Topanga Turnout became a victim of the El Nino rains of 1998 when a landslide doomed the little shopping center.

Yim Moon at Topanga Creek Market

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Yim Moon at Topanga Creek Market. When he took over from "Joe Creek" Gerson in 1986, it became known as Moon's Market.

New tenants in the Old Center, 2001

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New tenants (and their dogs) in the Old Center, 2001

Dr. Doug Roy

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Dr. Doug Roy, for decades Topanga's doctor.

Craftsmen who built the Pine Tree Circle

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Craftsmen who built the Pine Tree Circle mall. Owner Steve Carlson is on the right.

Lance Roberts, owner of Froggy's Topanga Fish Market

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Lance Roberts opened Froggy's Topanga Fish Market, a market and restaurant, in the American Legion building in 1993.

Valerie Spencer, owner of Abuelitas Mexican restaurant

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Standing: Uncle Sal, Valerie Spencer, Michael Spencer, Adam Silbar, Debra Silbar. Seated: Valerie's abuelo, Valerie's abuelita Aurelia.

Jim Timko and Randy Neece

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Jim Timko and Randy Neece, owners of Canyon View Ranch, "A Country Club for Dogs," pose with their prize-winning dogs.

Kara Master has tarot cards read by Lola Babalon

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Kara Master has tarot cards read by Lola Babalon, a Psychic Consultant and Herbalist.

Mary Colvig, Ian Brodie, Flavia Potenza

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Messenger business manager Mary Colvig, publisher Ian Brodie, and original editor Flavia Potenza.

Leslie, Paul, and Matt Doolin

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Leslie, Paul, and Matt Doolin at their Topanga Art Tile studio.

Colin Hay and Cecilia Noel at Froggy's

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Colin Hay (of the band Men at Work) and Cecilia Noel play music at a benefit for Children's Corner at Froggy's restaurant.

Producer Agi Orsi

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Producer Agi Orsi's film "Dogtown and Z-Boys" became a critical favorite in 2001.

Ellen Geer and mother Herta Ware

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Ellen Geer, artistic director of the Theatricum Botanicum, and mother Herta Ware stand by "Woody's Shack," once home to Woody Guthrie.

Bob Wiley, John Penner, and Jon Swenson

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American Legion leaders Bob Wiley, John Penner, and Jon Swenson at Froggy's restaurant. The Legion had leased Prier Hall to the restaurant but still held meetings there.

Zev Yaroslavsky, Frank Andrews, and Equine Response Team

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County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and Frank Andrews of Animal Care & Control present a check for $25,000 to Equine Response Team while volunteers Alli Acker (third from right) and Stephanie Abramson beam their thanks.

Woman's Club former presidents

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Topanga Community Woman's Club former presidents at the 50th Anniversary Tea Party: Linda Hinrichs, Rebecca Andrews, Kathy Briles, Harriet Swenson, Julie Du Bois, Julia Shugerman, Ellen Mills, and Terry Valente.

Community House caretakers Lee and Richard Kelly

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Long-time Topanga Community House caretakers Lee and Richard Kelly became Citizens of the Year in 1991.

Topanga Community House Makeover Team

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The Topanga Community House Makeover Team made the bathroom baby-friendly: Tile-Layer Joe Stanley with new baby Sophia, Project Manager Cynthia Scott, Technician Andy Williams, Electrician Shawn Rhodes, Topanga Community Club President Randy Just,…

Topanga Historical Society leaders

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Topanga Historical Society Presidents Ken York, Gerry Haigh, and Buz Tarlow with "The Topanga Story" author Louise York.

Shell fossils found off Topanga Skyline Road

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Shell fossils found by Cub Scout Eric Johnson off Topanga Skyline Road.

Senator Fran Pavley swears in the Chamber of Commerce

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California State Senator Fran Pavley swears in the Board of the Topanga Chamber of Commerce: Robin Feeley, Claire Hadley-Davis (behind), Ron Lebow, Kristen Carlson, Rebecca Catterall, David Green, Jenise Blanc Chance, Curtis Hein, and Larry Cohn.

Brownie Scout Troop 1667, led by Kay Saltman (Queen K.)

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Brownie Scout Troop 1667, led by Kay Saltman (Queen K.), at Topanga Beach.

Kedric Wolfe revisits mural "Buddha on the Wall," 2017

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Liz Shepherd, David Totheroh, and Kedric Wolfe painted "Buddha on the Wall" on Labor Day 1982. The mural, designed by Shepherd, can still be seen on the retaining wall along Topanga Canyon Blvd., near Highvale Trail. In 2016, Clare Brown led a crew…

Garapatos School House

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Photo of School House with two women, two boys and a man

Design of the Topanga Library

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The County allowed a citizens committee to help create a library design to suit Topanga.

Members of Topanga Canyon Gallery (New Canyon Gallery)

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Members of the Topanga Canyon Gallery steering committee: Rebecca Catterall, Meredith Miskowich, Sue Sullivan, Nancy Swenson Williams, Barbara Anahita King, Penny Chavez.

Al Martinez stands on a bridge

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Al Martinez stands on a bridge crafted by wood carver Barry Lysaght.

Writer Al Martinez in his home office

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Writer Al Martinez in his home office. He moved to Topanga in 1972, and became a popular columnist for the "Los Angeles Times."

Cornelia Trujillo with kids Rosagua, and Dolores Jr.

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Cornelia Trujillo with kids Rosagua (Rose Wiley), and Dolores Jr.

Greenleaf Family House

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Photograph of Greenleaf house - picture taken 1946 by Mary Greenleaf Myers

Marino's Seafood Restaurant

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Marino's Seafood Restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway, where The Reel Inn is today, was run by Greek fishermen.

Jack Rice and Randy Just lay bricks

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Stone artisan Jack Rice and Randy Just lay bricks for a fireplace on Skyline Drive.

The Big Snow, January 12, 1949

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Shaking snow from the mail on Old Topanga.

Topanga Days Memorial Parade

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Onlookers and parade participants squirt each other with water guns.

Dale Robinette and Vic Richards lead a clean-up crew

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Topanga Canyon Town Council President Dale Robinette (back row, right) and Board Member Vic Richards (left) lead a Topanga Canyon Blvd. clean-up crew.

Tom and Jeanne Mitchell

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Tom and Jeanne Mitchell on the set of the play "Return of the Yellow Submarine," designed by Stewart Moskowitz, at Topanga Elementary School.

Topanga Elementary School actors

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Topanga Elementary School actors in "Back to the West." Top: Gina Merchant, Michele Stephenson, Sean Colburn. Bottom: Erin Valente, Danielle Boucher, Kimberly Wiebe, Katie Freund, Rose Lannutti

McAllister's Tavern Brochure

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McAllister's Tavern Brochure in the Canyon by William Wendt

"Thank you" signs for the 1993 Firefighters

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In the aftermath of the 1993 fire, "thank you" signs popped up all over Topanga Canyon.

Guy Bodman and Donny Hirlinger on the Topanga Beach Bus

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Surfers Guy Bodman and Donny Hirlinger ride the Topanga Beach Bus to catch some waves.

Cars float down Topanga Boulevard, 2004

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In the wettest season ever, cars float down Topanga Canyon Boulevard at Highvale Trail on December 31, 2004.

The Big Snow, January 12, 1949

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A cactus garden covered in snow on Entrada