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Woody Woodward does headstand on Makaha skateboard

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Woody Woodward, aka "Woody the King," does a headstand on a Makaha skateboard.

Ginger Snips Salon & Spa, Menu of Services

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Ginger Snips Salon & Spa. "A Magical Oasis." 18803 Pacific Coast Highway. Malibu, CA 90265. (310) 455-2460. Menu of Services. Body. Hair.

Danny Reinhart, stonemason, in the Messenger

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Danny Reinhart, stonemason, poses with the tools of his trade for a photo that was published in the "Messenger," to illustrate editor Colin Penno's article about his mosaic work, "Topanga Arts."

A stagecoach raises dust in the S-Turns

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A stagecoach, drawn by six horses, raises dust on the dirt road through the S-Turns.

Ramblin' Jack Elliott and wife June Shelley

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Ramblin' Jack Elliott and wife June Shelley, also a musician, with guitar and banjo. They met at Will Geer's herb farm (Theatricum Botanicum), and stayed together for five years. They traveled throughout Europe, performing together.

Emil Zimmerman, the Woods, and the DeWitts

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Nature Boy Emil Zimmerman in loincloth and sandals raising an old shed to the second story of a new extension to the Wood stone cottage in Hondo Canyon. In the foreground are... Back row: Vera Wood, Iky DeWitt, Doreen "Doi" DeWitt (holding baby Billy…

Nudists jump on a trampoline at Sandstone Retreat

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Nudists jump on a trampoline at Sandstone Retreat, a nudist and free-love commune that opened off Saddle Peak Rd. in 1969.

Barbara and John Williamson opened Sandstone Retreat

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John and Barbara Williamson opened Sandstone Retreat, a nudist and free-love commune, off Saddle Peak Rd., in 1969.

The Williamson were middle-class professionals who felt constrained by the traditional view of marriage and monogamy. Not long…

Bikini girls eat popsicles at The Raft restaurant

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Two bikini girls eat popsicles at The Raft restaurant at Topanga Beach.

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…

John Fondukas carries a girl across Topanga Creek flood

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John Fondukas carries a girl across Topanga Creek during a flood in Lower Topanga Canyon. Firemen, deputy sheriffs, and private citizens used rowboats and swam to rescue those marooned by the 1941 rainstorm.

A man watches a house that the flood carried away

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A man watches a house that the Topanga Creek flood had carried for half a mile in Lower Topanga Canyon.

Lower Topanga residents flee past downed telephone poles

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Lower Topanga residents flee along Topanga Canyon Blvd. from the storm danger, past downed telephone poles, some of them carrying pets. Numerous mudslides were reported during the 1969 storm.

The Topanga Creek flood piles cars against debris

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The Topanga Creek flood piles two cars against debris on Shady Lane in Lower Topanga Canyon.

Kathleen Kay and Jack Gardner, refugees from the 1938 fire

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Kathleen Kay and Jack Gardner, carrying a load of furniture on their car, seek refuge from the 1938 Trippet Ranch Fire. The fire caused Lower Topanga residents to flee to the beach.

A fire burns to Topanga Canyon Blvd.

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Firemen watch as a fire burns to Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Lower Topanga.

A flood engulfs a house in Lower Topanga

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The Topanga Creek flood engulfs a house and van in Brookside in Lower Topanga.

Aerial view of Topanga Beach

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Aerial view of Topanga Beach, from Las Tunas Beach to the Charthouse Restaurant, along Pacific Coast Highway.

Elkhorn Camp sign on Topanga Canyon Blvd.

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A car drives by Elkhorn Camp's sign and picnic benches on Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Lower Topanga.

Lynn's Hair Design beauty salon

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Lynn's Hair Design, at the time Topanga's only beauty salon for men and women, opened on February 4, 1978. Lynn Linderman, who had been a Topanga resident for 16 years, renovated the front room of the building that used to house Cepin Realty.

The DeWitts and the Woods at Fernwood Market

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Iky DeWitt, Billy DeWitt, Bob DeWitt, Jerry Maren (Munchkin from "The Wizard of Oz"), Lord Richard Buckley (comedian), Lannis Wood, Bobby DeWitt, Karen Wood, Lynn Wood, Betsy DeWitt at the Fernwood Market and Jane Gentle's bookstore The Treasure…

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 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, 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, 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…

Beverly Jones, Karen Wood, Carol Knittle

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Topanga Elementary School, Sixth Grade Class Graduation, 1961

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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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…

Topango Radiant Springs truck

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Distributor Harry "Sox" Kuhlmeyer stands with his Topango Radiant Springs truck. The company delivered water from a spring at the bottom of the S-turns. Joy Pierce was the manager.

A car and a horse at the Topanga Post Office

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A car and a horse at the Topanga Post Office and General Store

Pine Tree Circle and the Post Office Tract

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Pine Tree Circle and the Post Office Tract. The Topanga Post Office and General Store is on the left.

Katherine's Kitchen at Cheney Drive

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Katherine's Kitchen was a restaurant at Cheney Dr. and Topanga Canyon Blvd.

Potter's Topanga Trading Post

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Charles and Eleanor Potter stand in front of Potter's Topanga Trading Post in Lower Topanga, where The Feed Bin is today.

Pine Tree Circle and S. Topanga Canyon Blvd.

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Pine Tree Circle and S. Topanga Canyon Blvd. The Topanga Post Office and General Store is on the left.

The Topanga Center

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Families displaced by the 1948 fire wait at the Topanga Center. A sign for Lee's Hitching Post is visible in the background.

John Heron and his homestead in upper Hondo Canyon

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John Heron at age 99 in 1960, and his homestead in upper Hondo Canyon circa 1908.

Bill Carter carries the Topanga Riders flag

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Bill Carter, at the first Donkey Baseball game in Bonnell Park, carries the Topanga Riders flag in uniform (red shirt, blue jeans, and a gray hat).

Donkey Baseball in Bonnell Park

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The Topanga Riders and the American Legion play Donkey Baseball in Bonnell Park to determine "who slickered who" after tying in the first game.

Jim Buerckel plays Donkey Baseball

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Jim Buerckel got a big laugh by carrying his donkey around the bases in a game of Donkey Baseball in Bonnell Park.

Ron Bouseman plays Donkey Baseball

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Ron Bouseman "found out that the terra was never more firma" when his donkey bucked him in a game of Donkey Baseball in Bonnell Park.

First Topanga Gymkhana, 1956

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The first Topanga Gymkhana was a horse show at the Topanga Riders Club arena, near The Outside Inn.

Free Americans Gallery of Art sign

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Musician Ed Lewis (Juma Sultan) opened The Free Americans Gallery of Art on 252 Old Topanga Canyon Rd. in September 1965. It showed psychedelic art.

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…

Building Topanga Canyon Blvd.

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The chain gang (prison road workers) build the S-Turns of Topanga Canyon Blvd.

Potter's Topanga Trading Post matchbook

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Potter's Topanga Trading Post matchbook. The grocery store advertises, "You don't get soaked here."

Potter's Topanga Trading Post

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A Christmas card showing Charlie Potter and Eleanor Potter in front of Potter's Topanga Trading Post.

Pine Tree Circle and Old Topanga Canyon

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Pine Tree Circle, with the post office. Old Topanga Canyon is in the background.

Peter York and Lee Rogich on a motorcycle

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Peter York and girlfriend Lee Rogich, from Tucson, Arizona, on a motorcycle on Colina Dr.

Frank Lloyd's house on Colina Drive

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Film director Frank Lloyd's house on Colina Drive

Brothers John, Jim, and Peter York play in the snow

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Brothers John York, Jim York, and Peter York play in the snow on Colina Dr. with an unknown boy on the left.

Brothers Peter, John, James, and Andrew York

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Brothers Peter York, John York, James York, and Andrew York at home on Colina Dr.

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

C. R. Tracy Insurance ad: "Are you fully covered?"

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A fireman is excited to find a nude woman after breaking down her door and interrupting her shower. "Are you fully covered?" asks this advertisement for General Insurance by C. R. Tracy, Topanga's District Agent. Topanga 2563.

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.

John Bonnell's barn and stone house

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A barn is in the foreground. A car is parked, at right, beside John Bonnell's stone house, hidden by a shadow, in Old Topanga Canyon. The Palmaymesa family lived in the house on the hill.

John Bonnell's stone house

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John Bonnell's stone house is on the left, as seen from Old Topanga Canyon Road. Caretakers Bert and Mary Palmaymesa lived in the house on the hill.

Old Topanga Canyon Road passes vineyard and stone house

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A white awning is attached to the back of John Bonnell's stone house, at right. Old Topanga Canyon Road passes by the apple orchard that replaced Frederico Mazet’s vineyard.

Old Topanga Canyon, 1922

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Panorama of Old Topanga Canyon looking towards Saddle Peak.

Bert and Mary Palmaymesa

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Bertrand “Bert” (1887-1977) and Mary Palmaymesa (1895-1967) grew up together in Calabasas. In the 1920s, they were the caretakers of John Bonnell's stone house in Old Topanga Canyon, where they raised a family.

Map of John Bonnell's Topanga Park, circa 1926

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Map of John Bonnell's Topanga Park (now Bonnell Park) in Old Topanga Canyon, circa 1926.

The opening of Topanga's road from the Valley to the beach

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On May 29, 1915, the Automobile Club of Southern California celebrated the opening of Topanga's road from the San Fernando Valley to the beach. "The dreamer of the dream," H. J. Whitley, was the host at a "mammoth barbecue to an assembly of 5,000…

Gym for the Mind ad: "Dumbbells for weak, books for dumb."

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David Esser's Gym for the Mind operated at the Topanga Turnout from 1988-1990, then moved to Woodland Hills. It advertised, "Dumbbells for the weakling and books for the dumbbell. A gym, a bookstore, a vegetable garden, and people to think with!"…

Jack Jr., Marvin, and Gail Dunphy

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Jack Jr., Marvin, and Gail Dunphy. Marvin coached the Olympic volleyball team that won a gold medal in 1988. Gail was a mail carrier for the Malibu Post Office. Their father Jack Dunphy Sr. ran the Topanga Fixit appliance and machinery repair store…

Topanga's Eighth Grade Graduates, 1946

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Topanga's Eighth Grade Graduation. With 19 members the Class of 1946 was one of the largest and most promising ever to be graduated from the Canyon school. Left to right—Standing: Mrs. Elva Sigrist, principal; Robert Winton, Larry Allen, Dale Cutter,…

Civilian Conservation Corps camp

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From 1933 to 1938, part of the Cheney Ranch, at the west end of Callon Drive, was leased for a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp. The CCC was a federal government agency that hired unemployed young men to do public conservation work. In Topanga,…

Civilian Conservation Corps camp

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From 1933 to 1938, part of the Cheney Ranch, at the west end of Callon Drive, was leased for a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp. The CCC was a federal government agency that hired unemployed young men to do public conservation work. In Topanga,…

The diving boards at Camp Wildwood

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Justin Kirby and Matthew Andrews leap from the diving boards into the swimming pool at Camp Wildwood. Owners Oka and Julia Stewart purchased the 15-acre property in 1944 and operated it for four decades.

The Pine Tree Circle mall under construction

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The Pine Tree Circle mall was constructed by a crew of mostly locals. It opened in 2000. Although resented at first, it quickly became Topanga's popular town center. Owners Steve and Leslie Carlson are standing at right. The Carlsons sold the mall…

Louie Kelly and Phil Lando at the Chevron Gas Station

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Louie Kelly, who had been a Topanga resident for 15 years, and Phil Lando, of Van Nuys, took over the Chevron Gas Station at Pine Tree Circle in March 1978.

Warren Roberts, Topanga Fish Market owner

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Warren Roberts opened the Topanga Fish Market, a restaurant and market near the lumber store, which was in business from the 1970s-1990s. Warren also owned the Reel Inn on Pacific Coast Highway.

Sweet Water boutique

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The Sweet Water boutique sold handmade clothing, jewelry, ceramics and wooden wares. It was run by two women with excellent taste near the town center, and had a shaky deck in back, overlooking the Topanga Creek.

J. R. Ball, owner of Topanga Threads

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J. R. Ball, owner of Topanga Threads, a used clothing store in the Pine Tree Circle. Ball remembered, "I went broke there because a series of winter storms came in one year, back to back. For weeks, the area was nothing but mud.

The Malibu Feed Bin and the Morehart family

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In 1961, Ace Smith created the Malibu Feed Bin at the corner of Topanga Canyon Blvd. and Pacific Coast Highway. In 1966, he sold it to Marty Morehart, pictured here with his wife Patricia and two daughters, Katie and Kasey, holding their own…

Sassafras Nursery

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Sassafras Nursery was a plant and seed business that sold to museums, florists, and locals. Customers enjoyed the bucolic setting, although it was hard to reach when Topanga Creek was flowing.

Pamela Ingram at her Sassafras Nursery

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Pamela Ingram shakes hands with two unidentified people at her Sassafras Nursery. Active in the 1980s, it was a show place of plants and flowers located near the town center. To reach it, the driveway forded Topanga Creek.

Architect Bob Bates

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Bob Bates, "soft spoken and rock solid," left a mark on Topanga with his architecture and his leading role in the Topanga Association for a Scenic Community (TASC). He began his architecture career in 1963, and was known for his use of glass, stone,…

Elysium Fields nudist resort

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Elysium Fields nudist resort opened on Robinson Road in 1968. After owner Ed Lange's death in 1995, his daughter kept the business going until 2001.

Ed Lange, owner of Elysium Fields

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Ed Lange, owner of the nudist resort Elysium Fields, which opened in 1968 on seven acres at the end of Robinson Road. Neighbors put up a huge protest, but over the years Ed became such a good neighbor the he was voted Topanga Citizen of the Year in…

Richard "Dick" Sherman

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Richard "Dick" Sherman founded Topanga Underground in 1971, a business specializing in designing and installing septic systems, water mains, and underground utilities.