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Hidden Treasures clothing store

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Hidden Treasures is an antique, vintage, and used clothing store. Darrell Hazen opened it at the site of the old Discovery Inn in 1993. It first opened across the street in Rainbow Village in 1989.

Cali-Camp, a summer day camp

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Cali-Camp, a summer day camp in Old Topanga Canyon, opened in 1964.

Ed Lange, owner of Elysium Fields

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Ed Lange, owner of the nudist resort Elysium Fields, was voted Citizen of the Year in 1995.

Elysium Fields nudist camp

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Elysium Fields, the nudist camp of the Elysium Institute, opened in 1968 on 7.2 acres of the former Dutton Ranch on Robinson Road. It closed in 2001.

Elysium Fields nudist camp ad

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Elysium Fields, the nudist camp of the Elysium Institute, opened in 1968 on 7.2 acres of the former Dutton Ranch on Robinson Road. It closed in 2001.

Ed Lange (center) at Elysium Fields

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Ed Lange (center) at Elysium Fields. The nudist camp of the Elysium Institute opened in 1968 on 7.2 acres of the former Dutton Ranch on Robinson Road. It closed in 2001.

Molly Hogan, owner of The Nature of Wildworks

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Molly Hogan, owner of The Nature of Wildworks, a non-profit wildlife care center that opened in 1995. She is pictured with Phoenix, her mountain lion.

Betty Lee Morales

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Betty Lee Morales established a national food supplement operation out of Eden Ranch, the former Barton School property in Old Topanga Canyon.

Topanga Daffodil and Iris Gardens

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

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.

Jack Rice and Randy Just lay bricks

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Stone artisan Jack Rice and Randy Just lay bricks for a fireplace on Skyline Drive.

Jay Fernandez and Dick Sherman

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Contractor Jay Fernandez and "Septic King" Dick Sherman cleared damaged roads and slides caused by heavy rains.

Coast and Canyon Realtors Halloween ad

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Halloween ad for Coast and Canyon Realtors, a real estate company. Teresa Penner, Barbara Campbell, Karen Dannenbaum, Chryssa Lightheart, Sheri Hagemeister, Sarah Sutton. (Tracy Corbett behind the pumpkin.)

Bob DeWitt real estate sign

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Bob DeWitt hand-painted his real estate signs.

Bob DeWitt in his art gallery

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Bob DeWitt in his art gallery. He was a realtor, artist, and club owner. He famously greeted his real estate clients barefoot.

Mary Colvig, Ian Brodie, Flavia Potenza

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Messenger business manager Mary Colvig, publisher Ian Brodie, and original editor Flavia Potenza.

Colin Penno retired in Oregon

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Messenger editor Colin Penno retired in Oregon

Merrick Davidson

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Publisher Merrick Davidson was the inspiration behind the Messenger, established in 1976.

Topanga Journal, September 30, 1954 issue

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Headline: "Malibu Citizens Committee Asks 10 Questions on Water District Annexation."

Kara Master has tarot cards read by Lola Babalon

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Kara Master has tarot cards read by Lola Babalon, a Psychic Consultant and Herbalist.

Beekeeper Russell Whittemore

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Beekeeper Russell Whittemore won blue ribbons for his sage honey at the Los Angeles County Fair.

Jim Timko and Randy Neece

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Jim Timko and Randy Neece, owners of Canyon View Ranch, "A Country Club for Dogs," pose with their prize-winning dogs.

Nancy Walkey and daughter Cory Walkey

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Nancy Walkey and daughter Cory Walkey at the Open House of Mill Creek Equestrian Center. The office was built early in the century and rebuilt by the Hiltbrandt family in 1935.

Standard gas station at Topanga Forks

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George Ortiz's Standard gas station at Topanga Forks, aka Pine Tree Circle.

Topanga Drug Store

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

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.

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.

Frank Rocco, owner of Rocco's Italian restaurant

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Frank Rocco, owner of Rocco's Italian restaurant, throws pizza dough.

Lance Roberts, owner of Froggy's restaurant

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Lance Roberts opened Froggy's Topanga Fish Market, a market and restaurant, in the American Legion building.

The Discovery Inn restaurant

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The Discovery Inn restaurant opened in 1961 at 156 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd.

Marge and Richard "Rich" Dehr

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Marge and Richard "Rich" Dehr opened The Discovery Inn restaurant at 156 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd.

Ken's Pleasant Inn

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Ken's Pleasant Inn. Whitey Marjenhoff, Ray McClure, owner Pleasant Buerge, unknown, owner Ken Buerge, Harry Long, Bob Ballentine, Chuck Russell, Jack Davis, Frank Romero. (Seated: Dewey Kemp.)

Ken's Pleasant Inn

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Grace Gaiser plays the accordion at Ken's Pleasant Inn.

The White Turkey sandwich stand

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The White Turkey sandwich stand at Horseshoe Bend.

King's Charcoal Bar-B-Q restaurant

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King's Charcoal Bar-B-Q restaurant on a rare snow day at Topanga Summit.

Topanga Summit

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

Mohn Springs restaurant

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Mina Mohn's restaurant Mohn Springs in present-day Glenview.

Craftsmen who built the Pine Tree Circle

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Craftsmen who built the Pine Tree Circle mall. Owner Steve Carlson is on the right.

Sally Powell Giedd and daughter Lily

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Sally Powell Giedd and daughter Lily at Sienna Skin Care in Rainbow Village.

Dr. Doug Roy

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Dr. Doug Roy, for decades Topanga's doctor.

Clarence Kuethe

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Clarence Kuethe in his Fernwood Market office. He managed the store from 1949 until the 1970s.

Fernwood Market, 1949

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Fernwood Market, 1949. Evelyn Russell, Paul Gripp, Joe Baker, Bill Smith, Mr. Crawford, Paula Crawford, Jim Lucas, and Mike Evans.

Dr. Holly Scoren, Adrian Gendot, Nathalie Cordes

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Veterinarian Dr. Holly Scoren, assisted by Adrian Gendot and Nathalie Cordes, checks out a cat at her Topanga Center office.

New tenants in the Old Center, 2001

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New tenants (and their dogs) in the Old Center, 2001

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.

Topanga Shopping Center, 1966

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

Inn of the Seventh Ray septic pit installation

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A bulldozer digs the "mother of all septic pits" at the Inn of the Seventh Ray.

Dan Mazur's Canyon Comix

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21st century Topangans facing a draconian State plan to regulate septic systems yearned for a hero named "Septic Man," drawn by cartoonist Dan Mazur.

"Mose" Cheney inaugurates the first electrical pole

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Columbus Callan "Mose" Cheney turns symbolic shovel of dirt while children sing, commemorating the installation of the first electrical pole at junction of Old Topanga and Topanga Roads in 1928.

Dean Perry, Judge John Merrick, Greg Venturi

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Judge John Merrick, with Chamber officers Dean Perry (left) and Greg Venturi chaired a committee in the 1970s charged with developing solutions to the water crisis.

Art Marshburn and family

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Art Marshburn, an Old Topanga Canyon leader involved in the water controversy, with his family in the 1950s.
From left back row: Robert, David, Arthur, Carol.
Front row: Jean, Tom.

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.

6 cartoons lambasting the Water Committee

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6 cartoons lambasting the foibles of the Water Committee, in the Topanga Businessmen's Association pamphlet.

Lee Conger, Bill Sloan, and Jerry Harold

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Lee Conger, Bill Sloan, and Jerry Harold lay water line in the 1940s near the junction of Old Topanga Canyon.

Edith and Phyllis Feeney

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Edith Feeney and daughter Phyllis illustrate one means of coping with failing water supplies.

Jon Swenson in bathtub sink

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Shown here in the early 1950s, Jon Swenson was bigger than his bathtub.

Outhouse on Robinson Road

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Due primarily to lack of water, outhouses were common through the 1940s, such as this one listing to its side on Robinson Road.

Owl Falls

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Water flows abundantly at Owl Falls waterfall.

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…

The "I Slow Down Thru Town" group

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The "I Slow Down Thru Town" group surveys Topanga Canyon Boulevard to suggest changes through town. Rosi Dagit (RCD), Debra Silbar, Deputy Pete Sanzone, Officer John Mueller, Zev Yaroslavsky aide Susan Nissman, Officer Roy Abramian, Margo Murman…

Topanga Canyon Boulevard destroyed by flood

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

Milkman stopped by flood

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Arden Milkman stopped by flood on Topanga Canyon Boulevard.

Fernwood Pacific Drive

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Fernwood Pacific Drive was built to encourage 1920s development. Considered strategic, it was widened during World War II.

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.

Bridge near the old Post Office

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This 1920 bridge near the old Post Office was replaced when the road was realigned 10 years later.

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.

Sentinel Rock

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Road-building undermined Sentinel Rock in the S-Turns. It was later blasted away.

Stage and mail driver Joe Robison

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Stage and Post Office mail driver Joe Robison with passengers near the "robber's hut" stone house at Topanga Forks.

Lucy Cheney at the bottom of the S-Turns

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Lucy Cheney at the bottom of the S-Turns. She was the first to take a wagon down the rough road to Topanga Beach.

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.

The Topanga Watershed Committee

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The Topanga Watershed Committee being honored for their Wrecked Car Removal Project at a dinner thrown by the LA Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Susan Nissman at Topanga Philharmonic concert

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Susan Nissman, Senior Field Deputy to Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, leads children onstage during a Topanga Philharmonic concert she coordinated.

Community House baseball field dedication

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Community House baseball field dedication. Kevin Jussila, Susan Nissman, County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, and former Dodger great Steve Yeager.

Supervisor Ed Edelman

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Supervisor Ed Edelman, who led the effort to fund a park at Summit Valley, at its 1990s dedication.

California Senator Sheila Kuehl

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California Senator Sheila Kuehl attends a community meeting at the Topanga Elementary School Library.

Congressman Tony Beilenson

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Congressman Tony Beilenson was interviewed while inspecting flood damage in Topanga. He authored the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area legislation.

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.

Bert Wilson selling native plants

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Bert Wilson selling native plants at the annual Resource Conservation District (RCD) event.

Jack Rabbit Lodge and a long barn

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Jack Rabbit Lodge and a long barn at the Topanga Lagoon.

Janet Marlborough leads Jegg Zolper on horseback

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Janet Marlborough leads Jegg Zolper on horseback through Topanga State Park.

Trippet Ranch

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Topanga State Park

The "Topanga Canyon Survival Guide" committee

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The "Topanga Canyon Survival Guide" committee: Alli Acker, David Dijkstra, John Hargraves, Gayla Hertzog, Assistant Chief Reginald Lee, Pat Mac Neil, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Dean Lehman, Lance Grindle, Robert Kamm, and Abigail Bok.

Firemen fight a structure fire

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Firemen fight a structure fire that spread into the brush. Captain Steven Floyd led the crew.

Firemen after dousing a guesthouse fire

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Station 69 Firemen after dousing a guesthouse fire. Nolan Feldman, Captain Chase, Steve Ford, Scott Greenelch, and Jay Fernandez.

Fire Station 69

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Firemen show off new fire trucks at Fire Station 69.

Topanga firemen, 1943

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

Fireman Tom Cheney sprays hose

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Fireman Tom Cheney sprays hose of Topanga's first fire truck. Cecil Gehr (center) became Los Angeles Fire Department Chief in 1952.

"The Boss" Ellen Mills

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Ellen Mills knew so much about Topanga that Post Office Postmaster Oscar Reynoso nicknamed her "The Boss."

Postmaster Oscar Reynoso

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Topanga Post Office Postmaster Oscar Reynoso took over in 1994.

Postmaster Albert Hoyt

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Albert Hoyt, Topanga Post Office postmaster from 1963-1983.

Postal workers at shopping center

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Postal workers at the Topanga Post Office's rented quarters in the shopping center. Gordon Gleave, Ivy Mumby, Fremont Smith, Helen Zilmer, Alice Terry, Betty Niklas, Postmaster Hal Rolve, and mascot Tippy (the dog).