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Civilian Conservation Corps camp

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The New Deal brought a Civilian Conservation Corps camp to Topanga.

Sadie and Cash Albright at home on Paradise Lane

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Sadie Albright pours a drink for husband Cash at their Wild Horze Bar in the home he built on Paradise Lane.

The Penny family on Paradise Lane

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Kathryn Penny and Melvin Penny, with children Joel Dean Penny and Milo Penny.

In front of the John Albright home on Paradise Lane.

Bud Luse and friends at the garage by the old Post Office

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At the garage by the old Post Office.

Kneeling: George Ortez, Charles Gammon.

Standing: Ken Douphner, Bud Luse, and Richard Flood.

Jerry Hanes, Bobby Jacks, Bob Talmadge

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Jerry Hanes, Bobby Jacks, Bob Talmadge

Topanga Beach Auto Court

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Topanga Beach Auto Court, with James Talmadge's Deusenberg. James was the son of Buster Keaton and lived on Tuna Beach.

Topanga Beach houses along the old coast road

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Topanga Beach houses along the old coast road, before they were swept away by high waves in a February 1926 storm.

Step Inn cafe and gas station at Topanga and PCH.

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Step Inn cafe and Clayton Rust's gas station at Topanga and PCH.

Gas station at Topanga and PCH

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Clayton Rust's gas station at Topanga and PCH.

Thais Rust in Brookside

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Thais Rust as a teenager sitting on a '35 Ford Coupe in Brookside in Lower Topanga.

Ina and Clayton Rust at Rust’s Barbecue

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Ina and Clayton Rust at Rust’s Barbecue in Lower Topanga.

The Rust Family at Topanga Beach

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The Rust Family.

Front: Ellen Rust Penland, Joanne Simmons, Thais Rust, Ray and Leon Simmons, Ella Rust, Avis Wendell, Fern Rust, Raburn Stedman Rust.

Middle: Clayton Rust, Roy Rust, Claude Simmons, Edythe Rust, Fleta Rust, unknown, Ina Rust,…

Tent City, formerly Cooper's Camp

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Tent City, formerly Cooper's Camp, with the construction site for the 1933 bridge across Topang Lagoon.

John Fonducas with lobster

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Greek fisherman John Fonducas with lobster in Lower Topanga.

Topanga Mineral Springs

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Horseshoe Bend was renamed Topanga Mineral Springs and its waters were sold to customers in Los Angeles.

Horseshoe Bend Inn

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Horseshoe Bend Inn opens in mid-1920s with dance pavilion spanning creek at rear and sun deck on roof.

Alva Gustavus at his Little Brown Church in the Wildwood

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Retired Baptist Minister Alva Gustavus stands by his "Little Brown Church in the Wildwood" behind Horseshoe Bend Inn.

Southern California's Prettiest Drive

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"Southern California's Prettiest Drive" is Francis Brunner's booklet advertising his Topanga-Las Flores Canyon Stage. The Topanga Historical Society published a reprint of this 32-page booklet.

Coins offering free lots in Sylvia Park

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Coins were scattered in Los Angeles offering finders free lots and memberships in Sylvia Park Country Club.

Gray family: Russ, Mae, Bonnie, Carole, Don, and June

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Russ Gray (with nose to the grindstone) and his wife Mae with Bonnie, Carole, Don, and June.

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.

Vance Hoyt holds a grey fox

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

The Sylvia Park subdivision

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The new Sylvia Park subdivision, as seen from the Goebel Ranch.

Fred Solomon leads orphans in a race

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Fred Solomon leads orphans in a race on property that became Topanga Center.

The Penny Dance Band

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The Penny Dance Band played at Solomon's lively dance halls.

Pine Tree Circle

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Topanga Post office and General Store in Pine Tree Circle.

Leona, Theresa, Vera, and Mark Venneman

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Leona, Theresa, Vera, and Mark Venneman on their farm.

Agnes Venneman

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Agnes Venneman reared eight children in Topanga.

Mark Venneman

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Mark Venneman with favorite horse team, Cap and Maud.

Flyer for Mohn Springs

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Advertising flyer for Mohn Springs

Picnic in Veteran Springs (Glenview)

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Spanish War veterans hold a picnic in Veteran Springs (later known as Glenview).

Hay baling crew

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As a boy, Fred Venneman joined a neighborhood hay baling crew that included Jesus Santa Maria (aboard baler) and George Cheney (second from right).

Walter Armacost and friends

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Walter Armacost and friends trek through Topanga.

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.

The Outside Inn

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Original owner Dan Fletcher at The Outside Inn.

Caroline Hansen at Heron's cabin

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Caroline Hansen, whose parents owned the Outside Inn, at Heron's cabin on a Saddle Peak slope.

Floyd Palmaymesa with aunt Hazel and friend

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Floyd Palmaymesa with aunt Hazel and friend in Old Topanga Canyon.

A Pawlowski family picnic by Topanga Creek

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A Pawlowski family picnic by Topanga Creek. Peter and Pauline, with his parents Pelagia and Julius.

The Pawlowski family on Route 66

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The Pawlowski family (second car from left) on Route 66, from Michigan to Topanga.

Cora Trippet and son Oscar A. Trippett

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Cora Trippet and son Oscar A. Trippett under portrait of her husband. Trippet Ranch became the centerpiece of Topanga State Park.

Cora Trippet

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Trippet Ranch became the centerpiece of Topanga State Park.

Judge Oscar Trippet

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Trippet Ranch became the centerpiece of Topanga State Park.

Water tank in the shape of a milk bottle

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Kneen built this water tank on Red Rock Road in the shape of a milk bottle in the 1930s.

May Kneen and daughter Katherine

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May Kneen and daughter Katherine at the home built by husband Bill. Badly damages in the 1994 earthquake, the house was razed and rebuilt by Jake Stehelin to resemble the original.

Taj Mahal entrance on Entrada Road

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T. W. Kneen (left) built this Taj Mahal entrance for Mr. Hanlon (right) on Entrada Road.

Manx Lodge

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Jim Kneen built Manx Lodge on Robinson Road.

Katherine and Lee Haines family

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Katherine and Lee Haines, with children Carol, Bruce, and Lynn.

Red Cross Building

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During WWI, ladies sold Mrs. Julian's "Canadian War Cakes" to tourists in front of this Red Cross Building at Old and New Canyon junctions to raise money for the war effort.

Irwin Julian with furs

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Irwin Julian with a shipment of furs that brought him just over $50.

Norris E., Charlies I., Edwin, and Edwin R. Julian

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Four generations: Norris E., Charlies I., Edwin, and Edwin R. Julian.

Adelaide Gibbon at her stone house

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William and Adelaide Gibbon built this stone house, which featured her wood carvings.

Von Arnswaldts' cabin in Red Rock Canyon

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The von Arnswaldts' cabin in Red Rock Canyon opened the area to development.

Mrs. Templer Allen with cousin Hugh Twyford

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Mrs. Templer Allen, owner of Moel-Y-Gan, with cousin Hugh Twyford.

Bob Hutton in Greenleaf Canyon

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After Bob Hutton married, he built a home in Greenleaf Canyon out of homemade adobe bricks.

Stella McAllister and nephew at her tavern

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Stella McAllister and nephew at her tavern. She insisted her guests help in the kitchen.

Les Storrs in Greenleaf Canyon

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Les Storrs, age 16, at the Hutton cabin built by Mort Allen in Greenleaf Canyon.

Bob Hutton and Mort Allen

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Frequent guest Bob Hutton sits back to back with Mort Allen, "a man not given to unnecessary effort."

Man cinching his burro

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Walter Armacost snapped a friend cinching his burron as they stopped in Topanga on their way to the Sierra Nevadas.

Reverend Frederick Post with Dolores Trujillo

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The Reverent Frederick Post lost his extensive library when his home burned.

Bertha Corbett Melcher, Jessie, Mrs. Luther

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Bertha Corbett Melcher (right) sits with a woman (probably sister Jessie). Mrs. Luther is standing.

Sunbonnet Baby by Bertha Corbett Melcher

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Artist Bertha Corbett Melcher made her fortune with her creation of the Sunbonnett Babies.

Bertha Melcher with Charlotte and baby Ruth

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Bertha Melcher was known as the "Madonna of the Mountains."

George Melcher ranch

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George Melcher and his second wife Marguerite Douphner Melcher are flanked by Betty and Ken Douphner to the left and Helen Cheney, Callan Cheney, and young Gary Cheney to the right.

Santa Maria Road cemetery

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Rosetta Goebel was the cemetery's first occupant.

Jack Woods's stone house

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Jack Woods, a pioneer stage and mail driver, built this stone house in the early 20th century in Old Canyon.

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.

Francisco Trujillo

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Francisco died a few years later when a horse kicked him.

The Robber's Hut

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This stone house was said to be the hide-out of Tiburcio Vasquez.

Native American skeletons

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Native American skeletons over 8,000 years old exposed at the Tank Site.

Cave in the Santa Maria area

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Hikers stand in a cave in the Santa Maria area, near where Native American pictographs were found.

Stone points and knives

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Stone points and knives found at the Native American "Tank Site"

Bedrock mortar

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Bedrock mortars, holes made my Native American women grinding seeds, occur in many places in Topanga sandstone. This one was found near Top of Topanga.

Student works at the Tank Site

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Student works at the 8,000-year-old Native American "Tank Site" on Trippet Ranch (now Topanga State Park), excavated by UC Berkeley.

Metates found at Tank Site

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Native American metates for grinding seeds found on the surface of the Tank Site

The Big Snow, January 12, 1949

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A cactus garden covered in snow on Entrada

The Big Snow, January 12, 1949

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Cars sliding on Entrada

The Big Snow, January 12, 1949

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The Goodman family

The Big Snow, January 12, 1949

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Shaking snow from the mail on Old Topanga.

The Big Snow, January 12, 1949

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Butch, JoAnn, and John Goodman

Selected fossils from the Topanga Canyon Formation

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1. Calyptraea coreyi Addicott
2. Diplodonta (Felaniella) harfordi Anderson
3. Batillaria ocoyana (Anderson and Martin)
4. Bittium topangensis (Arnold)
5. Tegula (Cholorostoma) dalli (Arnold)
6. Crassostrea titan (Conrad)
7. Turritella…

Cheese Rock in Old Topanga Canyon

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Cheese Rock in Old Topanga Canyon Narrows is gouged with holes or "tafoni" caused by differential weathering.

Red Rock Canyon

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Iron oxide turns the Lower Sespe conglomerate in Red Rock Canyon to rust.

Mr. Hethky's stone house

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Mr. Hethky's house was blasted out of a big boulder of sandstone in Cold Creek Canyon.