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Topanga Canyon, the Alps of Southern California

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"Topanga Canyon, the Alps of Southern California" was a map and real estate brochure put out by William C. Carter, with contributions by Charles Crutcher and Ernest M. Wilson. It includes photos of Potter's Topanga Trading Post, Trippet Ranch, the…

Intersection of Topanga Cyn. Blvd. and Cheney Rd.

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Beekeeper August Schmidt's land was at the intersection of Topanga Cyn. Blvd. and Cheney Rd.

Walter Oertel holds a flowering yucca plant

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Walter Oertel holds a flowering yucca plant, while propping his foot on a boulder. Walter married Hedwig Schmidt, the daughter of beekeeper August Schmidt.

A family gathers at a roadside restaurant

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A family gathers at a roadside restaurant that offers barbecue, hot dogs, Imperial Ice Cream, Eastside Beer, cider, and cold drinks.

Topanga Oaks sign, a real estate development

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Topanga Oaks sign, a real estate development, advertises its advantages: "community center, school on tract, good roads, close to ocean, water, daily delivery, restrictions, reasonable prices."

August Schmidt and his son Paul tend their beehives

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August Schmidt and his son Paul tend their beehives in a postcard with German writing on the back.

Topanga Creek passes nasturtium flowers in Lower Topanga

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Topanga Creek passes nasturtium flowers, a wrecked car, and a fallen brick stairway in Lower Topanga.

Aerial view of landslide, April 2024

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A landslide closed Topanga Canyon Blvd. from March 9 to June 2, 2024, about three months.

J. Murf wears a KIIS radio T-shirt and drinks a Coors beer

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J. Murf wears a KIIS radio T-shirt and drinks a Coors beer. He founded the Topanga Beach surf rock band Blue Juice.

La Mer restaurant matchbook

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La Mer was a French restaurant located at 18756 Pacific Coast Highway at Topanga Beach.

The Raft restaurant T-shirt

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The Raft was a seafood restaurant at Topanga Beach from 1963 until it burned in 1979. The owners were Jack Dorfman and Jim McDonald. Jim went on to open the Sand Castle in Paradise Cove.

Greebe & Moommy Topanga Beach Surf Club sweatshirt

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Before the Topanga Bombers there was the Greebe and Moommy Surf Club, created by David H. Stern in 1962.

Members included Wes Armand, Bill Cleary, Al Doseburg, Bob Feigel, Jim Fitzpatrick Sr., Jim Fitzpatrick Jr., Mike Gaughan, Doug Meredith…

Eddy Sr. and Helen Saenz are surrounded by their children

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Eddy Sr. and Helen Saenz are surrounded by their children: Joey (the boy on the ground), Nicky (2nd from right, waving), Michael (being embraced by Eddy Sr.), and Eddy Jr. (with a girl on his lap).

Aurora Glassock and Jarnell Wingard sit on a couch

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Aurora Glassock and Jarnell Wingard sit on a couch at the Wingard house on Topanga Beach

The Spaghetti Joint at Topanga Beach

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Stephanie Lira, Jarnell Wingard, Philly Brooks, and Aurora Glassock sit at a table at the Spaghetti Joint (now Cholada) at Topanga Beach.

Paulina and Sig Wingard with their children

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Paulina and Sig Wingard lived on Topanga Beach with their children Jarnell and Eddie.

Boys raft Topanga Creek during the flood of 1975

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Boys raft Topanga Creek during the flood of 1975: Edward Wingard, Michael Avatar, David Allard, and Jimmy Allard.

Spere Aneme catches a Basking shark at Topanga Beach

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Spere Aneme catches a Basking shark at Topanga Beach. It was 19'10" long, and weighed 2,500 lbs.

A temporary traffic light at Tuna Canyon Rd. and PCH, 2024

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A landslide closed Topanga Canyon Blvd. from March 9 to June 2, 2024, about three months. A temporary traffic light was installed at Tuna Canyon Rd. and PCH to manage the cars that had to detour.

Aerial view of landslide, March 2024

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A landslide closed Topanga Canyon Blvd. from March 9 to June 2, 2024, about three months.

A landslide closed Topanga Canyon Blvd., March 2024

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A landslide closed Topanga Canyon Blvd. from March 9 to June 2, 2024, about three months.

The Wood family's river rock cabin and a newer structure

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The Wood family's river rock cabin is a stone house in Hondo Canyon.

Anne Lanaro kisses a raccoon

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Anne Lanaro kisses a raccoon. This is one of two orphaned raccoons that the Lanaro family raised.

The Wood family's river rock cabin

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The Wood family's river rock cabin is a stone house in Hondo Canyon.

Jim Ganzer's collectible trading card

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Jim Ganzer is one of surfing’s original “Big Daddies.” With his penchant for art, Jim worked in the States with stars like Mickey Dora and Lance Carson designing logos, and added his art direction to the legendary surfing magazine “Surf Guide.” His…

Jan-Michael Vincent rides a horse at Topanga Beach

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From the book Life Lived by Jim Ganzer (Indoek, 2024).

Jim Ganzer waxes his surfboard at Topanga Beach

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From the book Life Lived by Jim Ganzer (Indoek, 2024).

Jan-Michael Vincent wears a military hat at Topanga Beach

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From the book Life Lived by Jim Ganzer (Indoek, 2024).

Robbie Dick in his surfboard shaping room

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From the book Life Lived by Jim Ganzer (Indoek, 2024).

Jan-Michael Vincent, Ronne Troup, and Jim Ganzer

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Jan-Michael Vincent, Ronne Troup, and Jim Ganzer in Ganzer's Topanga Beach house.From the book Life Lived by Jim Ganzer (Indoek, 2024).

The dining room at Jim Ganzer's Topanga Beach house

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From the book Life Lived by Jim Ganzer (Indoek, 2024).

Joe Pleshe lived across the creek near Brookside

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From the book Life Lived by Jim Ganzer (Indoek, 2024).

Victoria Anderson sunbathes at Topanga Beach

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From the book Life Lived by Jim Ganzer (Indoek, 2024).

Bonnie Vincent rides a horse by the Yellow House

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Bonnie Vincent rides a horse with daughter Amber by the Yellow House at Topanga Beach. Surfboards lean against the porch.From the book Life Lived by Jim Ganzer (Indoek, 2024).

Jim Ganzer surfs at Topanga Beach

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From the book Life Lived by Jim Ganzer (Indoek, 2024).

Farm plays on a porch at Topanga Beach, 4/4

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Farm plays on a porch at Topanga Beach. The band played the soundtrack for the surf film "The Innermost Limits of Pure Fun" (1970).From the book Life Lived by Jim Ganzer (Indoek, 2024).

Farm plays on a porch at Topanga Beach, 3/4

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Farm plays on a porch at Topanga Beach. The band played the soundtrack for the surf film "The Innermost Limits of Pure Fun" (1970).From the book Life Lived by Jim Ganzer (Indoek, 2024).

Farm plays on a porch at Topanga Beach., 2/4

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Farm plays on a porch at Topanga Beach. The band played the soundtrack for the surf film "The Innermost Limits of Pure Fun" (1970).From the book Life Lived by Jim Ganzer (Indoek, 2024).

Farm plays on a porch at Topanga Beach, 1/4

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Farm plays on a porch at Topanga Beach. The band played the soundtrack for the surf film "The Innermost Limits of Pure Fun" (1970). From the book Life Lived by Jim Ganzer (Indoek, 2024).

Non-native arundo is sprayed with blue herbicide Roundup

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A non-native arundo stalk is sprayed with the blue herbicide Roundup by State Parks in the lower Topanga Creek bed. The health impacts of the glyphosate-based Roundup, as well as its effects on the environment, have been at the center of substantial…

Non-natives plants are sprayed with blue herbicide Roundup

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A non-native arundo patch is sprayed with the blue herbicide Roundup by State Parks in the lower Topanga Creek bed. The health impacts of the glyphosate-based Roundup, as well as its effects on the environment, have been at the center of substantial…

A non-native tree is sprayed with blue herbicide Roundup

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A non-native arundo tree is sprayed with the blue herbicide Roundup by State Parks in the lower Topanga Creek bed. The health impacts of the glyphosate-based Roundup, as well as its effects on the environment, have been at the center of substantial…

Broken pilings from a 19th-century bridge near the lagoon

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Broken pilings from a 19th-century bridge protrude from the Topanga Creek bed near the lagoon.

Oka Stewart gets a hand from son Bert after his clown act

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Oka Stewart gets a hand from son Bert after performing the clown act he'd learned in his circus days. In costume, he'd pretend to fall off the high-diving board into the swimming pool at Camp Wildwood.

Oka Stewart, ham radio operator

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Oka Stewart was a ham radio operator. During World War II, he relayed messages from service men and women all over the USA. He was also useful to firefighters during the many fires in Topanga. He had a portable unit in his car and could relay…

Oka Stewart's ham radio card, W6CAR

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Oka Stewart was a ham radio operator. During World War II, he relayed messages from service men and women all over the USA. He was also useful to firefighters during the many fires in Topanga. He had a portable unit in his car and could relay…

Circus friends Oka Stewart, Bert Goodrich, Forrest Stroupee

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Circus friends Oka Stewart, Bert Goodrich, and Forrest Stroupee were known as The Three Jacks.

Oka Stewart (top) performs with Goodrich Aerial Artists

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Oka Stewart (top) performs a handstand on a tower with Goodrich Aerial Artists, a circus troupe. Hanging below him are Bert Goodrich, Forrest Stroupee, Peggy Hale, and Trixie Ruddell.

Oka Stewart (center) with his high school radio club

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Oka Stewart (center) organized the Radio Club and served as its president at Tempe Union High School in Arizona.

A surfer rides a big wave (maybe Miki Dora)

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This photo came from one of Miki Dora's personal albums, which were left in New Zealand when he made a hasty exit back in the mid-1970s.

The Topanga Inn was a sandwich shop at the beach

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The Topanga Inn was a sandwich shop at the beach. In front, James Talmadge shakes hands with an unknown man beside a fancy car.

Brothers Sam and Larry Franklin surf

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Brothers Sam and Larry Franklin surf. Charles Pritchard kayaks in the background.

Potter's Topanga Trading Post has open doors

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Potter's Topanga Trading Post was on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway and Topanga Canyon Blvd., where the Malibu Feed Bin is today.

The arched sign of the Topanga Beach Auto Court

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The arched sign of the Topanga Beach Auto Court (later, Topanga Ranch Motel) . The car is a 1936 Duesenberg Dual cowl phaeton which belonged to Buster Keaton's son, James Talmadge.

The Carrere family on the balcony of their beach house, 2/2

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The Carrere family on the balcony of their beach house: Edward and Helen Carrere, Helen's brother's wife Helen Abrahamsen, unknown family friend, Helen's mother Alice Abrahamsen, Leon Carrere.

The Carrere family at Topanga Beach

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The Carrere family at Topanga Beach. Leon stands beside parents Fernando and Helen, and uncle Edward is at right.

Jim Talmadge stands beside a "Topanga" surfboard at Malibu

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Surfer Jim Talmadge at Malibu's Surfrider Beach stands beside a redwood surfboard that has the word "Topanga" written on it. Jim was the son of actor Buster Keaton. The board probably belonged to Dave Sykes.

Jim Talmadge's car is parked by Marinos' Seafood

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This 1936 Duesenberg Dual Cowl Phaeton belonged to Buster Keaton's son, Jim Talmadge, who grew up on Las Tunas Beach. The buildings in background are Marinos' Seafood Restaurant and the home of Charles and Eleanor Potter on the hill.

Potter's Topanga Trading Post and LA Athletic Club office

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Potter's Topanga Trading Post and the Los Angeles Athletic Club office later merged to become the Malibu Feed Bin.

Surfers Ed Fearon, Don James, and Jack Quigg

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Surfers Ed Fearon, Don James, and Jack Quigg took this photo in front of their Topanga Beach house on the day that Pearl Harbor was attacked, December 7, 1941. They knew they were going to war.

Dave Sykes surfs at Topanga Beach

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Dave Sykes surfs a balsa-redwood surfboard at Topanga Beach.

Surf pioneer Joe Quigg said:
"[Dave] Sykes was the best surfer I had seen at that time because he lived there [at Topanga Beach] and surfed all day, every day. He could just glide and…

Dave Sykes poses with his redwood "Topanga" surfboard

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Dave Sykes poses with his redwood "Topanga" surfboard.

Surf pioneer Joe Quigg said:
"[Dave] Sykes was the best surfer I had seen at that time because he lived there [at Topanga Beach] and surfed all day, every day. He could just glide and…

Arthur Kennedy, Kirk Douglas hitchhike to Topanga Beach

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Actors Arthur Kennedy and Kirk Douglas hitchhike to Topanga Beach in the film "Champion" (1949).

Kirk Douglas and Ruth Roman flirt at The Step Inn Cafe

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Actors Kirk Douglas and Ruth Roman flirt at The Step Inn Cafe in the film "Champion" (1949).

The Step Inn Cafe appears in the film "Champion" (1949)

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The Step Inn Cafe appears in the film "Champion" (1949). Actors Arthur Kennedy and Kirk Douglas are seen walking to the entrance.

Evan “Gramps” Harrison (glasses) and friend with surf mat

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Evan “Gramps” Harrison (glasses) stands with a friend holding a surf mat. Surfboards lean on a beach house in the background.

Dorothy Lilley walks daughter Sue on W. Topanga Beach Rd.

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Dorothy Lilley walks daughter Sue on the family car on W. Topanga Beach Rd.

Bill and Ruth Wylie's Bait and Tackle shop, 1946

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Bill and Ruth Wylie's Bait and Tackle shop. They lived in the house in back. The employee in the photo is unidentified.

West Topanga Beach Road, 18622 to 18722

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West Topanga Beach Road was a private driveway serving the homes 18622 to 18722.

Actress Natalie Talmadge's house on Las Tunas Beach

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A lit cigarette, left on the couch, set ablaze the Las Tunas Beach house of actress Natalie Talmadge (1896-1969) on September 25, 1943, at 2:30 a.m. Fire Captain Tom Cheney concluded this because the couch burned through the floor.

Natalie’s…

An XB-19 bomber plane flies over Topanga Beach

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An XB-19 bomber plane flies over Topanga Beach. At the time this postcard was mailed, 1943, the bomber was the third largest airplane in the world.

Aerial view of Topanga Beach, 1940

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An aerial view of Topanga Beach shows the auto court motel, Topanga Lane, and the Rodeo Grounds.

Frances Spence and Edna May Spence at Spence's Cabins

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Frances Spence and Edna May Spence in the backyard behind Spence's Cabins

Potter's Topanga Trading Post, 1940s

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A dog sits in front of Potter's Topanga Trading Post (later, the Malibu Feed Bin).