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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.

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.

Writer Carolyn See

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Writer Carolyn See wrote many critically acclaimed books. She moved to Topanga in 1963, and speaks of her early days in the Canyon through the voice of Edith Langley in the 1987 novel "Golden Days."

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."

Writer Al Martinez

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Al Martinez (1929-2015) was a novelist, essayist, and Los Angeles Times columnist.

Woody Woodward does headstand on Makaha skateboard

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

Woody Gutherie's Shack

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Will Geer and Herta Ware's first Topanga home later became "Woody Shack" when their famous musician friend took it over.

Woman's Club installations, 1950s

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Topanga Community Woman's Club installations: Kay Olson, Betty Niklas, Mary Griffith, Mary Belle Alexander, Julia Butler, Georgia Collamer, unknown, Dorothy Boehme, Mildred Buerckel, unknown, Maxine Carnes, Hazel Talbot, Helene Pervine, May Lewis.

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.

William Santa Maria and Cecil Gehr- Arizona Hunting Trip

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Black and white photo of Bill Santa Maria (left) and Cecil Gehr (right), captain of the Topanga Fire Station, on Arizona hunting trip circa 1920

William Fitch Wray painting, "Untitled," 1930s-40s

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"Untitled (Topanga Scene)," a painting by British émigré William Fitch Wray.

Will Geer and his family

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Will Geer and his family at the Theatricum Botanicum: Herta Ware, Peter Alsop, Melora Marshall, Will Geer, Ellen Geer

Will Geer and Herta Ware

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Will Geer and Herta Ware sing at their Theatricum Botanicum.

Will Geer and Ellen Geer in "The Tempest"

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Actors Will Geer and Ellen Geer as Prospero and Miranda in William Shakespeare's play "The Tempest," performed at the Theatricum Botanicum.

Western Saloon movie set at Topanga Summit

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A father and son pose in front of the Western Saloon movie set at Topanga Summit.

Western Pond Turtle

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Topanga Stream Team member Ken Wheeland holds the elusive Western Pond Turtle.

Waterlily Café

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The Waterlily Café was one of the first businesses to open in the Pine Tree Circle mall.

Water tank in the shape of a milk bottle

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Thomas W. ("Bill") Kneen built this water tank on Red Rock Road in the shape of a milk bottle in the 1930s.

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.

Walter Armacost and friends

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Walter Armacost and friends trek through Topanga.

Walter "Buck" Buchanan

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Walter "Buck" Buchanan, a businessman and minister, ran for 14 major political offices from 1934-1984, including President of the United States. He never won.

Wally High and Pat Burke

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Wally High and Pat Burke at Pat's Topanga Grill in Coulson Center soon after it opened.

Wallace Berman, Shirley Morand, and Allen Ginsberg

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Assemblage artist Wallace Berman enticed notables to Topanga, including poet Allen Ginsberg.

W. D. Hacker cabin in Fernwood Park

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Weekend cabin of Dr. and Mrs. W. D. Hacker built in 1924 in the Fernwood Park development at the northwest corner of Fernwood Pacific and Horseshoe Drives.

Von Arnswaldts' cabin in Red Rock Canyon

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Tony von Arnswaldt and his wife's cabin in Red Rock Canyon opened the area to development.

Volunteers clean up the creek

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Twice a year, since 1998, volunteers clean up the creek.

Virgil Just, aircraft engineer

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Virgil Just, aircraft engineer, spent three years building his home, at the pace that he could afford materials in. He said, "No lending institution would lend you a dime to build in Topanga."

Viewridge Estates, fire company basecamp, 1993

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Day 2 of the 1993 fire, fire companies from throughout the Western U.S. line up at the Viewridge Estates neighborhood.

View of San Fernando Valley from Topanga Summit

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View of San Fernando Valley from Topanga Summit, with The Topanga Story's Preface by Kenneth H. York, and Introduction by Buz Tarlow.

Vance Hoyt on Red Rock Trail

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Vance Hoyt on Red Rock Trail, near his home. He arrived in Topanga in 1910.

Vance Hoyt holds a grey fox

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Vance Hoyt holds a grey fox at his Bonnell Park ranch.

Vance Hoyt and his gray fox

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Vance Hoyt wrote his popular novel "Silver Boy" about the wild gray fox that learned to sleep by the hearth of his Bonnell Park home.

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.

Valerie Cheney and Dog

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Valerie Cheney walking with a dog in front of Jack Wood's stone house.

Two Donkeys by Pond

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Two donkeys by Cheney Pond

Two Cars Parked by Restaurant

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Black and white photograph of Mohn Springs restaurant and dance hall

Trujillo Ranch gate

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Trujillo Ranch gate built by grandson John Wiley in 2001

Trujillo family (Dolores , Cornelia, Rosagua, and Dolores Jr,) with Miss Ericson

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Dolores Trujillo, 53, with wife Cornelia, children Rosagua and Dolores Jr, their teacher Miss Ericson, and their lamb Buckoo.

Trippet Ranch

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Topanga State Park

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Black and white photograph of Topanga Canyon Highway near Elkhorn Camp

Town Council President Gary Davis and founder Jan Moore

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First official Topanga Canyon Town Council President Gary Davis and founder Jan Moore square dance at Topanga Days.

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.

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,…

Topanga Women's Auxiliary

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Topanga Women's Auxiliary threw an old-fashioned community picnic in 1942, precursor to the fairs. Standing from left: Elva Sigrist, unknown, Hermoine Cox, unknown, Virley Harlan, Mrs. Theriault, Nelle Upham, unknown, Louise Adams, Helen Blencourt,…

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.

Topanga Tavern on Old Topanga Canyon

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Topanga Tavern was built in 1909 on Old Topanga Canyon just south of the Narrows.

Topanga Symphony Conductor Jerome Kessler

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Topanga Symphony Conductor Jerome Kessler takes a bow from the Community House stage.

Topanga Summit

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Topanga Summit became a popular viewing spot after the road opened to cars in 1915.

Topanga Strawberry Festival News Release, 1977

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14th Annual Topanga Strawberry Festival News Release, June 29, 1977.

The Topanga Community Improvement Association (TCIA) was formed in 1959 with Cyril C. Wood as provisional president. They helped create the Resource Conservation District of the…

Topanga Shopping Center, 1966

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Topanga Shopping Center featured the Best Food Center and Topanga Cleaners.

Topanga Sea Scouts

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In 1947, Topanga Sea Scouts were awarded the ship "Pelete" for winning the scout regatta. Co-skippers Chuck Russell, Fireman Robert Etz, and Fire Captain Desmond Barton stand uniformed in foreground.

Topanga School, 1926

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Teacher Esther White conducts a story hour at the new school.

Topanga School teachers, 1940s

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Topanga School teachers: Principal Elva Sigrist, Beulah Hendrix, Grace Wiley, Ivy Pearson, Florence Bruinsslot, May Peterson, Leon Hendrix, Rhoda Julian, Thelma Parker, Bertha Hangen, Jacqueline Wilson.

Topanga School Booster Club President Lynne Haigh

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Since Lynne Haigh became its first president in 1983, the Topanga School Booster Club (later Topanga Enrichment Program, TEP) has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for enrichment programs.

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 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 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 "The Topanga Story" author Louise York.

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, George Schreder, Jon Sloan, Rick Hass, Tom Lennan, Star Soderstrom, Mark Squiers, Eugene Conners, Ray Hoover.…

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…