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Topanga School

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Spanish-style Topanga School was built in 1925. The classroom and stage later became the American Legion Hall.

Topanga Rough Riders in Monument Valley, Arizona

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Topanga Rough Riders Club on horseback in Monument Valley, Arizona

Topanga Riders Summer Gymkhana award, 1956

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Dale Smith, 13, won this second-place award in the "Speed and Action" event at the Topanga Riders Summer Gymkhana. The red ribbon has gold lettering and a picture of a horse. Dale also won first place in the "Stake Race."

From "The Topanga…

Topanga Ranch Motel key

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Topanga Ranch Motel cabin #19 was the home of Jack Lester Sr. and his sons Kim and Jack Jr. They lived in multiple cabins from 1963 until it closed in 2002... about half of the motel's existence!

Topanga postcard: "Have You Forgotten...?"

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Topanga postcard: "Have You Forgotten That I Am Still at Topanga? Then Why Don't You Write?"

Topanga Post Office and General Store

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A woman stands on the porch of the Topanga Post Office and General Store.

Topanga Permanent Water Committee

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The Topanga Permanent Water Committee was formed by the Chamber to push for a reliable water supply. Elected in 1956, from left: Sherman Haeggquist, Dan McGovern, Tom McDougall, Peter Stimac, and Virgil Just.

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.

Topanga Mineral Springs

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Horseshoe Bend was renamed Topanga Mineral Springs and its waters were sold to customers in Los Angeles.

Topanga map, 1950

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Department of County Forester and Fire Warden. Divisional Map No. 1 - Battalion 5.

Topanga Lions Club

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Topanga Lions Club members: Archie Lennan, Sy Prewitt, Dick Olsen, Albert Hoyt, Harry Rose, Tim Vickers, Melvin Penny, and Dean Penny.

Topanga Ladies, 1958

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"Topanga Ladies and Lassies Score Triumph as Fashion Models at Show Here"

Norah DeWitt, Judy Piner, Rebel Raymond, Betty Douphner, Miriam Oberg, Dorothy Boehme, May Lewis, Nell Laymen, Lee Segler, Miss Barbara Juday, Miss Carol Esparza

Topanga Labor Exchange float at Topanga Days

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Topanga Labor Exchange float at Topanga Days. PATCH members and kids join Latinos playing traditional music.

Topanga Labor Exchange

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People Assisting Topanga Canyon with Helping Hands (PATCH) co-chairs Michele Johnson (right) and Maryana Kuretski (second from left with her twins Devon and Kia) opened Topanga Labor Exchange in the early 1990s, on a site donated by Steve and Leslie…

Topanga Journal 1943 Fire Coverage

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The Fire of November, 1943 pictured from the Post Office Tract looking west. Circles mark homes lost. Arrow points to dwellings on Valley View Drive behind the Fire Station.

Topanga Historical Society leaders

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

Topanga Highway in the S-Turns

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Topanga Highway in the S-Turns. Cars took over after the road was rebuilt in 1915.

Topanga Highway descends into the Valley

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The new Topanga Highway descends into the San Fernando Valley, as shown on the Acknowledgements page of The Topanga Story.

Topanga Highway descends into San Fernando Valley

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Topanga Highway descends into San Fernando Valley. The marker near the sign for Girard (later Woodland Hills) is the LA city boundary.

Topanga General Store and Post Office

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Topanga General Store owner Irvin "Smitty" Smith chats with customers on the porch.

Topanga General Store and Post Office

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Topanga General Store and Post Office operated out of a pioneer's frame house, where Pine Tree Circle is today.

Topanga firemen, 1943

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Topanga firemen: Captain Harvey Anderson, Jimmie Hansen, E. W. Monkman, Fred Van Syrc, and Captain Des Barton.

Topanga firemen in front of Forestry Station

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Topanga firemen in front of Forestry Station. SEATED: Jack Albright, Albert Carroll, Bill Santa Maria, Jack Connors, Bud Currier, Floyd Cunningham, Slim Pressler, Bob Butler. STANDING: Al Weinart, Cecil Gehr, Art Bishop, Freddy Stevenson, Jack…

Topanga Fire, 1993

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"The Old Topanga Incident" was the name of this fire in 1993.

Topanga Explorers, Kelp Devils at Topanga Beach

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Topanga Scout Post 220: Topanga Explorers, Kelp Devils, go skin diving in homemade wetsuits at Topanga Beach. STANDING: Bill Sloan (post committee member), George Schreder, Jon Sloan, Rick Hass, Tom Lennan, Star Soderstrom, Mark Squiers, Eugene…

Topanga Elementary School, Track and Field Day

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Topanga Elementary School, Track and Field Day, organized by Marathon world-record holder Jacqueline Hansen.

Topanga Elementary School, Track and Field Day

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Topanga Elementary School, Track and Field Day, organized by Marathon world-record holder Jacqueline Hansen.

Topanga Elementary School, Third Grade Class, 1957-58

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Topanga Elementary School, Mrs. Springer's Third Grade Class, 1957-58

1ST ROW
1. Virginia House, 2. Janie Hoffman, 3. Matthew Bartholomew, 4. unknown, 5. Earl Wickenberg, 6. Jean Jaques Stehelin, 7. Jimmy Dehr
2ND ROW
1. Michael Harriet, 2.…

Topanga Elementary School, Third & Fourth Grade Class, 1958-59

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Topanga Elementary School, Mrs. Bertha Hangen's Third & Fourth Grade Class, 1958-59

ROW 1
1. unknown, 2. unknown, 3. Jimmy Dehr, 4. unknown, 5. Scott Morris, 6. unknown, 7. unknown
ROW 2
1. unknown, 2. unknown, 3. unknown, 4. Frances "Franny"…

Topanga Elementary School, Sixth Grade Class, 1968-69

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Topanga Elementary School, Mr. Lusk's Sixth Grade Class, 1968-69

TOP ROW
1. Danny Stewart, 2. Chad Nounan, 3. Jimmy Sawday, 4. Gary Varner, 5. Jimmy Harrigan, 6, David Gunn, 7. Donald Long, 8. Eddy Vale, 9. John Weld, 10. Gary Book
MIDDLE…

Topanga Elementary School, Sixth Grade Class, 1960-61

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Topanga Elementary School, Mr. Fred Ruge's Sixth Grade Class, 1960-61

ROW 1
1. Max Penner, 2. Kathy Ezzell, 3. Charles Wilson, 4. Ron Jenkins, 5. Ronald or Robert Masterson, 6. Robert Filmore
ROW 2
1. unknown, 2. Joy Jupp, 3. Mack Yallou, 4.…

Topanga Elementary School, Sixth Grade Class, 1960-61

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Topanga Elementary School, Sixth Grade Class Graduation, 1960-61

1ST ROW
1. Ronald or Richard Masterson, 2. Ronald or Richard Masterson, 3. Harold Lindsey, 4. Steve Marshall, 5. Charles Wilson, 6. Alan Kruse, 7. unknown, 8. Wesley Reinhart, 9.…

Topanga Elementary School, Sixth Grade Class, 1960-61

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Topanga Elementary School, Mr. Herbert Hawkins's Sixth Grade Class, 1960-61

1ST ROW
1. Ray Boyette, 2. Norma Krause, 3. Richard or Ronald Masterson, 4. Harvey Cannaday, 5. Sandra Bransky, 6. Michael McGovern
2ND ROW
1. Jan Pearson, 2. Elizabeth…

Topanga Elementary School, Sixth Grade Class, 1958-59

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Topanga Elementary School, Sixth Grade Class Graduation, 1958-59

4TH ROW
6. Older sister of Dennis Mills

TEACHERS:
Mr. Herbert Hawkins (left), Mr. Fred Ruge (right)

Topanga Elementary School, Second Grade, 1956-57

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Topanga Elementary School, Mrs. Washington's Second Grade, 1956-57

1ST ROW
1. unknown, 2. unknown, 3. Michelle Stork, 4. Steve Marshall, 5. unknown, 6. Harold Lindsey, 7. Jerry Brown
2ND ROW
1. Richard Coghlan, 2. Earl Wickenberg, 3. Sally…

Topanga Elementary School, Kindergarten Class, 1954-55

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Topanga Elementary School, Mrs. Anderson's Kindergarten Class, 1954-55

1ST ROW
1. Michael McGovern, 2. unknown, 3. Charles Wilson, 4. unknown, 5. unknown, 6. unknown, 7. Max Penner
2ND ROW
1. Guy Hoover, 2. unknown, 3. Sally Ware, 4. Earl…

Topanga Elementary School, Fourth Grade Class, 1958-59

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Topanga Elementary School, Mrs. Florence Bruinsslot's Fourth Grade Class, 1958-59

1ST ROW
1. Daniel Siefers, 2. Beverly Jones, 3. Michael McGovern, 4. Sally Ware, 5. Gray Garnett, 6. unknown, 7. Harold Lindsey
2ND ROW
1. Wesley Reinhart, 2.…

Topanga Elementary School, First Grade, 1955-56

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Topanga Elementary School, Mrs. Anderson's First Grade, 1955-56

1ST ROW
1. Matthew Bartholomew, 2. Steve Marshall, 3. Kenneth Wallace, 4. unknown, 5. Jimmy Dehr, 6. Sally Ware, 7. Guy Hoover
2ND ROW
1. Max Penner, 2. unknown, 3. unknown, 4.…

Topanga Elementary School, Fifth Grade Class, 1959-60

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Topanga Elementary School, Mr. Martin Lockso's Fifth Grade Class, 1959-60

1ST ROW
1. Max Penner, 2. unknown, 3. Michael Buckley, 4. Leonard Adams, 5. Janice Outwater, 6. Gray Garnett
2ND ROW
1. Jean Jaques Stehelin, 2. Virginia House, 3.…

Topanga Elementary School, Class of 1961 Reunion

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Topanga Elementary School, Class of 1961, Hawaiian-themed 40th Reunion.

1ST ROW
1. Max Penner, 2. Jimmy Dehr, 3. Kenny Wallace, 4. Steve Marshall, 5. Michael McGovern, 6. Guest
2ND ROW
1. Fred Massey, 2. Randy Green, 3. Sandy Bigelow, 4. Franny…

Topanga Elementary School students

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Popular 1970s teacher Richard Russo often took slides of Topanga Elementary School students.

Topanga Elementary School sign

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Laurie and Anne Lanaro pose in front of the Topanga Elementary School sign on Laurie's first day of kindergarten in 1962.

Topanga Elementary School dedication ceremony

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Topanga Elementary School dedication ceremony, led by superintendent Dean Grass.

Topanga Elementary School contest winners, 1950s

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Topanga Elementary School motto contest winners receive medals from Fire Department: Capt. Jack Connors, Heather Wallace, Connie Manlein, Bruce Haines, and Chief Harvey Anderson.

Topanga Elementary School Alumni, 1965

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1965 Topanga Elementary School Alumni. Back row: Reynold Hicklin, Tom Marshburn, Brian Stork, Wesley Just. Center: Lynn Sawday Nance, John Brown, Kathleen Cepin Mahan, Mark Parrish, Marc Zeidler. Front: Caitlin Rice Just, Sandra Anderson-Tarcia,…

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

Topanga Elementary School 4th grade class

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Topanga Elementary School. Mrs. Florence Bruinsslot's 4th grade class. By windows: Raymond Hoover, Toni Loudon, Maryann Gary, Dave Marshburn, Jim Osmundson, Garth Smith. Second row: James Fordham, David Roberts, Phyllis Feeney, Joan Stacey, Carol…

Topanga Elementary School

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The 1958 New Year's Eve fire threatened Topanga Elementary School and destroyed Hugh and Virley Harlan's home (ruins lower right).

Topanga Dry Cleaners

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The Topanga Dry Cleaners at 137 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. was run by Teddie Michand. It was originally a store called Topanga Mercantile, built in 1947 by Stella Stoker.

Topanga Drug Store

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Topanga Drug Store, Henry Wilson's "biggest little drug store in California."

Topanga Drilling Co.

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Frank Molloy and Ray Alley of Topanga Drilling bring their families while they tap into a water supply.

Topanga Days Tug o' War

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Topanga Days Tug of War

Topanga Days Memorial Parade

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Onlookers and parade participants squirt each other with water guns.

Topanga Days Memorial Day Parade

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Kids ride in the shovel of a pink tractor.

Topanga Days Grand Marshal Robin Williams

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1981 Topanga Days Grand Marshal Robin Williams was a Topanga resident.

Topanga Day barbecue

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Topanga Day barbecue, prepared by Jim Buerckle.

Topanga Daffodil and Iris Gardens

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Carlos Jr. and Jim Baker hold sign for Jean Baker's gardens.

Topanga Creek Stream Team looks for steelhead trout

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The Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains's (RCDSMM) Topanga Creek Stream Team looks for steelhead trout.

Topanga Creek floods, 1992

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The creek behind the market at flood stage in 1992. Due to tenants' demands, a wall was built to hold back flood waters.

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.

Topanga Cooperative Preschool students

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Topanga Cooperative Preschool students. Back: Unknown, Matthew Lepner. Front: Morgan Reed, Haydn Shelters, Ali Stack.

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 Community House Ball Field Committee

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The Topanga Community House Ball Field Committee admires their handiwork: John Morrison, Richard and Lee Kelly, Joe Valente, Arthur Nissman, Ole Gunst, Andy Wallace, Ellen Mills.

Topanga Community Church group

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Topanga Community Church group. Pastor John Utterback (white shirt) and wife Florence are at center, Camp Wildwood owner Julia Stewart is at right.

Topanga Christmas Card, 1920s

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Postcard shows a sunset over the sea, framed by California Holly (toyon berries) and California Poppies. The caption says, "Season's Greetings from Topanga, California."

Topanga Christian Fellowship Church

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Topanga Christian Fellowship Church board members: BACK: Patricia Moore-Joshi, Larry Dunn, Bruce Boyle. FRONT: Pastor R. G. Murray, Janice Murray, Ellie Carroll, Luisa Dunn, Karen Moran, Nancy and John Williams.

Topanga Chamber of Commerce

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In 1966, a conservative Topanga Chamber of Commerce tried to control hippies. From left: Albert Hoyt, President William C. Carter, Art Piner, Tim Graham, and John Seymour.

Topanga Canyon Video ad: "The store with a talking gorilla!"

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Coming Soon! Topanga Canyon Video. Rentals, Sales, Fun. The only video store with a talking gorilla! 369 South Topanga Canyon Boulevard, in the Philips Realty Building next to Rainbow Village.

Topanga Canyon Road under construction

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A chain gang works on rebuilding and widening Topanga Canyon Road in the S-Turns.

Topanga Canyon Gallery opening party

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Topanga Canyon Gallery throws an opening party in the Old Center. The gallery was founded by ceramists Jim and Sue Sullivan, and for many years featured local artists. It closed in 1995, but reopened five years later in Pine Tree Circle.

Topanga Canyon Gallery artists

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Topanga Canyon Gallery artists Jon Burns, Ainsley Pryor, Kathleen Sullivan, Linda Bolhuis, Sue Sullivan, and Jim Sullivan.

Topanga Canyon Docents

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Topanga Canyon Docents at Trippet Ranch Nature Center in Topanga State Park. KNEELING: Don Murchie, Lynne Haigh, Deborah Low, D. J. Nellis, Geri Kelly. STANDING: Gene Cheltenham, Patty Ward, Beverly Weil, Patty Hill, John Kuiper.

Topanga Canyon Boulevard gets washed out

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Topanga Canyon Boulevard gets washed out in a flood near the AmeriGas office. This photo appears to be shot from the patio of the Topanga Fish Market.

Topanga Canyon Boulevard destroyed by flood

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1400 block of Topanga Canyon Boulevard destroyed by flood. Pedestrians take the high road.

Topanga Canyon Blvd., Summit Valley, and storm clouds

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An aerial view of Topanga Canyon and the Boulevard.

Topanga Brownie Scout Troop 74

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Topanga Brownie Scout Troop 74. SEATED: Janice Fitzgerald, Florine Smith, Karin Fester, Jolene Thomson, Barbara Hard. STANDING: Wise Owl Mrs. Worley, Norma Dowding, Judy Charlton, Marion Mannelion, Carol Worley, Kay Hansen.

Topanga Bombers reunion T-shirt, 1991

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Topanga Bomber Jim Fitzpatrick commissioned skateboard artist Sean Cliver to design this reunion T-shirt in 1991. It was printed at Powell-Peralta Skateboards.

Fitzpatrick asked Cliver to modify the logo of the Santa Cruz Surfers Union by adding a…

Topanga Beach, 1924

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Topanga Beach, 1924, showing beach houses, tents, Cooper's Camp, and cars on the highway.