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Topanga School dedication ceremony

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Topanga School dedication ceremony, led by superintendent Dean Grass.

Topanga School 4th grade class

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Topanga School. Mrs. Florence Bruinsslot's 4th grade class. By windows: Raymond Hoover, Toni Loudon, Maryann Gary, Dave Marshburn, Jim Osmundson, Garth Smith. Second row: James Fordham, David Roberts, Phyllis Feeney, Joan Stacey, Carol Heskett,…

Students at the Little Red Schoolhouse at Greenleaf Canyon

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Students at the Little Red Schoolhouse at the mouth of Greenleaf Canyon and Topanga Road, also called Garapatos School. Back row: Mabel Greenleaf, Tom Cheney, Bessie Greenleaf, Ceola Greenleaf. Front row: two unknown, Harry Greenleaf, Leland Boebel,…

The Wiley family

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The Wiley family: David, Marguerite, Bob, Rose, Jimmy, Laura, Robert, and John.

This photo was taken at the marriage of Jimmy Wiley, great-grandson of original pioneers Francisco and Manuela Trujillo, and Serena Andrews, daughter of long-time…

The Andrews family

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The Andrews family: Matthew, Chris, Damian, Serena, Rebecca, Alex, Eric.

This photo was taken at the marriage of Jimmy Wiley, great-grandson of original pioneers Francisco and Manuela Trujillo, and Serena Andrews, daughter of long-time Topanga…

Richard Erickson and Wendie Malick

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Richard Erickson and his wife, actress Wendie Malick, joined the Tijuana Maverick Building Brigade.

Chester and Joena King with their children.

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Chester and Joena King with their children. Daughter Zoe Otterback is at center.

The Rocco family at Rocco's restaurant

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The Rocco family at Rocco's restaurant: Eva, Frank, Ryan Schweers (Frank's nephew), Marlene, Kristina Rocco Levy, Jed Levy, Eva Otoala (Marlene's sister) and the kids Lorenzo Levy, Emiliano Zapata and Chaise Levy.

Bill Buerge at The Mermaid

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Bill Buerge at The Mermaid, which he began restoring in the 1990s.

The Mermaid

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The Mermaid's interior reflects its Mission Revival style.

The Mermaid

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Owner Bill Buerge's dog Petey poses in front of the restored Mermaid.

Sylvia Park Clubhouse

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Homesteaders Lucy and Mose Cheney celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at the Sylvia Park Clubhouse.

Dan Mazur's Canyon Comix

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"...those fat Yuppie house pets make great coyote chow!"

Home where Christina Marie White killed Peter D. Paul

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Investigators search the Topanga Canyon Blvd. home where Christina Marie White killed Peter D. Paul.

Charles Farley under an Old Topanga bridge

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UCLA graduate Charles Farley wrote a legal brief that won him the right to live homeless under an Old Topanga bridge.

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.

Bill Flaxman with day workers

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People Assisting Topanga Canyon with Helping Hands (PATCH) interpreter Bill Flaxman with day workers at the Topanga Labor Exchange.

Sooki Wheeland wins the Tough Topanga 10K

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Sooki Wheeland won the Tough Topanga 10K more times than anyone.

Jeff Stork, USA Olympics volleyball team

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Pepperdine volleyball coach Marv Dunphy coached the USA Olympics team with Jeff Stork to a gold medal.

Citizens of the Year at the Mountain Mermaid

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Citizens of the Year at the Mountain Mermaid. BACK: Bill Buerge, Rabyn Blake, Allen Emerson, Rosi Dagit, Randy Just, Lisa Villasenor, John Mac Neil. FRONT: Marty Brastow, Lee Kelly, Louise York, Susan Nissman, Harriet Swenson, Linda Hinrichs, Pat Mac…

Design of the Topanga Library

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The County allowed a citizens committee to help create a library design to suit Topanga.

Cynthia Scott and Adriane Allen

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Cynthia Scott and Adriane Allen stand by the design of the Topanga Library they championed.

Rachel, Josh, and Ken Widen

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Rachel Widen, Josh Widen (behind the wheel), and Ken Widen (in back) in a crushed car before it's pulled from the creek.

Ren MacDonald, Keira Leneman, and Marshall Safanov

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Fourth graders build a split-level home for bats: Ren MacDonald, Keira Leneman, and Marshall Safanov.

Topanga Creek Stream Team looks for steelhead trout

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The Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains's (RCDSMM) Topanga Creek Stream Team looks for steelhead trout.

Volunteers clean up the creek

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

Jack and Pat Mac Neil

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Topanga Chamber of Commerce names Jack and Pat Mac Neil 1997 Citizens of the Year.

Shiela Kuehl, Pat Mac Neil, and Cruz Bustamante

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State Senator Shiela Kuehl, Pat Mac Neil (being named State of California Woman of the Year), and Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante.

Fred Feer and Brad Davis

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On the radio, Fred Feer, a founder of the Topanga Coalition for Emergency Preparedness (T-CEP) and head of the Disaster Response Team, with Brad Davis.

Joan Andersson, Rabyn Blake, and Dick Olson.

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Rabyn Blake (center) with Creekside Committee members Joan Andersson and Dick Olson.

Summit Valley Park celebration

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Summit Valley Park celebration thrown by Jeanne Mitchell (waving foreground). Double rainbows in the sky.

Summit Valley Park celebration

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Summit Valley Park celebration. Jerome Daniels (SMMRCA), Susan Nissman (TASC chair), Joe Edminston (SMMC), Bob Bates (former TASK chair), Supervisor Ed Edelman and his wife, Robert Wilson (CEO Retlaw) and Susan Little (aide to Congressman Beilenson).…

Susan Nissman and Marty Brastow

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TASC chair Susan Nissman and Town Council leader Marty Brastow cheering the defeat of the Canyon Oaks development.

"Save Topanga" protest sign

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A protester trying to save Summit Valley from the Canyon Oaks development.

Artist Stewart Moskowitz

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Artist Stewart Moskowitz with signs he painted at the Disney studio protest against the Canyon Oaks development.

Kristen Hansen, Gina Merchant, and Kailani Hector

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Kristen Hansen, Gina Merchant, and Kailani Hector protest the Canyon Oaks development at Disney studios in Burbank.

Folk musician Wally High

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Folk musician Wally High protests the Canyon Oaks development

Herta Ware, Ellen Geer, Peter Alsop, and Suzanne Teng

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Protesting the Canyon Oaks development: Will Geer's widow Herta Ware, daughter Ellen Geer on banjo, Peter Alsop on guitar, and Suzanne Teng on flute.

County Supervisor Ed Edelman

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When Ed Edelman (with Supervisor Yvonne Braithwaite Burke) became Topanga's County Supervisor, Summit Valley gained an important ally against the Canyon Oaks development.

Susan Nissman, Joe Edminston, Bob Bates

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Battling the Canyon Oaks development: Susan Nissman, Topanga Association for a Scenic Community (TASC) chair; Joe Edminston, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC); Bob Bates, TASC head

Dan Mazur's Canyon Comix

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"...No one's going to believe we saw a Republican!"

The Messenger reports a Baby Boom

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The Messenger reports a Baby Boom. FRONT: Maggie Nance and Charlie, Andrea Koepke and Jonah, Jennifer Gilbert and Justin, Stacey Small and Cosmina, Holly Miles and Brandon, Jade Waters and Bodhi, Mark Mahoney and Mia with mom Sylvia behind. BACK:…

Dan Mazur's Canyon Comix

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Dan Mazur's Canyon Comix shows a nightmare of over-development.

Summit Valley

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Summit Valley, shown in an early postcard, was threatened with development.

TASC President Bob Bates

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Bob Bates, president of the Topanga Association for a Scenic Community, being honored by the County for keeping out large-scale tract developments.

Santa Ynez Canyon aerial view

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Santa Ynez Canyon and Palisades Highlands aerial view, with Topanga at the upper left.

Karl Ingram, Summit Valley Ranch caretaker

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Karl Ingram, Summit Valley Ranch caretaker, started a cowboy breakfast punctuated by sermons on Sundays in 1974.

John Nordine and Bruce Sunkees

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John Nordine and Bruce Sunkees install a box car bridge over Topanga Creek.

Al Martinez stands on a bridge

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Al Martinez stands on a bridge crafted by wood carver Barry Lysaght.

Founders of The Messenger newspaper

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Founders of The Messenger newspaper. From left: Sid Francis, Pamela Auer, Flavia Potenza, Emily Karnes, Nico Van den Heuvel, Mary Colvig with baby, Bill Hess, Judee McBride, Merrick Davidson, Suzie Walczak. Karnes and Potenza kids play in front.…

Louis B. Marvin at his Tuna Canyon Compound

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Louis B. Marvin at his Tuna Canyon Compound with two llamas.

Topanga Chamber of Commerce

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In 1966, a conservative Topanga Chamber of Commerce tried to control hippies. From left: Albert Hoyt, President William C. Carter, Art Piner, Tim Graham, and John Seymour.

Hippies living in a tepee

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Semi-nude hippies living in a tepee.

Gerry Haigh and Skip Oliphant

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Gerry Haigh and Skip Oliphant met on a peace march in San Francisco. They married in 1967.

The Tough Topanga 10K

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Traditionally the first event of Topanga Days on Memorial Day Weekend, The Tough Topanga 10K started in 1978

Ellen Mills at Topanga Days

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Ellen Mills works the bar at Topanga Days.

Marie Janisse at Topanga Days

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Marie Janisse, once greeter at The Corral, at Topanga Days.

Kedric Wolfe at Topanga Days

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Kedric Wolfe moves to ban the bomb at Topanga Days.

Topanga Days Tug o' War

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Topanga Days Tug of War

Topanga Days Memorial Parade

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Onlookers and parade participants squirt each other with water guns.

Topanga Days Memorial Day Parade

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Kids ride in the shovel of a pink tractor.

Topanga Days Grand Marshal Robin Williams

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1981 Topanga Days Grand Marshal Robin Williams was a Topanga resident.

Rose Wiley at Strawberry Festival

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Rose Wiley, a descendant of the pioneering Trujillo family, makes enchiladas at the Strawberry Festival.

Laura Wiley at Strawberry Festival

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Laura Wiley, a descendant of the pioneering Trujillo family, makes enchiladas at the Strawberry Festival.

Glen Fleisher on stilts at Strawberry Festival

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Glen Fleisher on stilts at Strawberry Festival, hamming it up with Chairman John Nordine.

Melvin Penny at Strawberry Festival

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Melvin Penny at Strawberry Festival, selling corn.

Strawberry Festival Treasurer Everett Plumer

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Strawberry Festival Treasurer Everett Plumer sells tickets.

Strawberry Festival Queen Judy Piner

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Strawberry Festival Queen Judy Piner wears crown made by artists Cy and Vera Wood. Her court, from left: Pat Bradley, Judy Cepin, Ruthie Cepin, Linda Reindl.

Topanga Day barbecue

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Topanga Day barbecue, prepared by Jim Buerckle.

Aerial view of the Topanga Center

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Aerial view of the Topanga Center, location of the Pine Tree Circle and the Post Office.

The Geer family

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Will and Herta Geer stand by a beatific Mother Bloor with children Kate and Ellen seated on floor left and center.

The Swenson family

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John and Harriet Swenson with David, Nancy, William, and John.

The Swenson kids and cousins

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The Swenson kids and cousins play under the oaks of their Topanga home. From left: Gary Hill, Willie and Nancy Swenson, Steve Hill, David and Jon Swenson.