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Anne Lanaro with kids Perry and Laurie on Webb Trail

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Mrs. Lanaro with kids Perry and Laurie in front of their house on Webb Trail

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…

Bobby Driscoll and the Wood sisters

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Bobby Driscoll (actor) with Karen, Lannis, and Lynn Wood at the Wood stone house.

The DeWitts and the Woods at the Wood stone house

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Nora DeWitt, Betsy DeWitt, Bobby DeWitt (hat), Lynn Wood, Karen Wood, Lannis Wood, Iky DeWitt at the Wood stone house.

Halloween parade, Topanga Elementary School, 1966

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Students participate in a Halloween parade at the Topanga Elementary School playground in 1966. Laurie Lanaro wears a witch costume. Her brother Perry Lanaro wears a Daniel Boone costume.

Halloween parade, Topanga Elementary School, 1966

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Students participate in a Halloween parade at the Topanga Elementary School playground in 1966. Laurie Lanaro wears a witch costume. Her brother Perry Lanaro wears a Daniel Boone costume.

Day laborers ride their float in the Topanga Days Parade

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"Day Laborers of Topanga" ride their float in the Topanga Days Parade.

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 Old Topanga Canyon

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Pine Tree Circle and Old Topanga Canyon. The structure at bottom center is 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.

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.

The Raft, a bar and restaurant

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Jimmy McDonald's The Raft was a bar and restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway, where The Reel Inn 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.

Renate and Ray Casser at home in The Rodeo Grounds

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Renate (1939-2022) and Ray Casser (b. 1934) were both from Westphalia, Germany. Ray, a gardener, moved to Topanga Canyon Lane in Lower Topanga in 1960. Renate, a nanny, married him a short time after. They moved to higher ground in The Rodeo Grounds…

Robert Campbell and Pablo Capra, The Rodeo Grounds

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Robert Campbell (1951-2004) shows Pablo Capra his graphic novel On a Purple Spiral Floating in The Rodeo Grounds in 2002, the year they cofounded Brass Tacks Press. Capra celebrated the 20th anniversary in 2022 by publishing Robert Campbell:…

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.

Paul Dubosclard print, Topanga postcards, uncut sheet

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This uncut proof sheet includes the prints...

TOP ROW:
Sycamore Lodge, Home of Dorothy and Harry Boehme
Clouds over Topanga
Evening Fog
Sunset on the Pacific (Sunset over Topanga)
Topanga Post Office (General Store, Soda Fountain, and Old…

Paul Dubosclard print "Court House Arcade" (Santa Barbara)

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The image shows a costumed scene from Old Spanish Days (Fiesta), which has been celebrated annually in Santa Barbara, California, since 1924.

Paul Dubosclard print "County Court House" (Santa Barbara)

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Paul Dubosclard print "County Court House" and "County Court House by Moonlight" (Santa Barbara)(Santa Barbara)

Paul Dubosclard print "Fiesta Rider (female)"

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The image shows a costumed scene from Old Spanish Days (Fiesta), which has been celebrated annually in Santa Barbara, California, since 1924.

Paul Dubosclard print "Mexican Officer 1822"

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The image shows a costumed scene from Old Spanish Days (Fiesta), which has been celebrated annually in Santa Barbara, California, since 1924.

Paul Dubosclard print "Trapper 1830"

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The image shows a costumed scene from Old Spanish Days (Fiesta), which has been celebrated annually in Santa Barbara, California, since 1924.

Paul Dubosclard print "Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo 1542"

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The image shows a costumed scene from Old Spanish Days (Fiesta), which has been celebrated annually in Santa Barbara, California, since 1924.

Paul Dubosclard print "St. Francisco de Asis"

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The image shows a costumed scene from Old Spanish Days (Fiesta), which has been celebrated annually in Santa Barbara, California, since 1924.

Paul Dubosclard print "Mission Indians"

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The image shows a costumed scene from Old Spanish Days (Fiesta), which has been celebrated annually in Santa Barbara, California, since 1924.

Paul Dubosclard print "Vaquero"

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The image shows a costumed scene from Old Spanish Days (Fiesta), which has been celebrated annually in Santa Barbara, California, since 1924.

Paul Dubosclard print "California Indian"

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The image shows a costumed scene from Old Spanish Days (Fiesta), which has been celebrated annually in Santa Barbara, California, since 1924.

Paul Dubosclard print "Fiesta Rider (male)"

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The image shows a costumed scene from Old Spanish Days (Fiesta), which has been celebrated annually in Santa Barbara, California, since 1924.

Paul Dubosclard print "Don José"

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The image shows a costumed scene from Old Spanish Days (Fiesta), which has been celebrated annually in Santa Barbara, California, since 1924.

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.