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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. Rosi Dagit (RCD), Debra Silbar, Deputy Pete Sanzone, Officer John Mueller, Zev Yaroslavsky aide Susan Nissman, Officer Roy Abramian, Margo Murman (RCD), Arlette…

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).

Dan Bovee, Ralph Kewitt, Les Leavitt

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Dan Bovee, Ralph Kewitt, Topanga Post Office Postmaster Les Leavitt (selling stamps and defense bonds), unknown, unknown, unknown.

Mail carrier Les Leavitt

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Mail carrier Les Leavitt was a Democrat, and his brother Fred was a Republican. Between them they kept the Topanga Post Office postmaster position for 25 years.

Mail carrier Fred Leavitt

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Mail carrier Fred Leavitt was a Republican, and his brother Les was a Democrat. Between them they kept the Topanga Post Office postmaster position for 25 years.

A Cheney family outing

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A Cheney family outing. George Cheney (right) used this 1910 Garford to carry passengers and mail to the Post Office.

James Craig, who owned the General Store

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James Craig, who owned the General Store, became Topanga Post Office postmaster in 1913

Mail carriers Jack Woods and Joe Robison

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Post Office mail carriers Jack Woods and Joe Robison in the S-Curves. Mail carriers also transported passengers.

Charles Greenleaf, daughter Mabel, and grandchildren

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Charles Greenleaf, daughter Mabel, and grandchildren Charles and Janet.

Mailbox at Cheney Drive and Topanga Road

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Mailbox at Cheney Drive and Topanga Road, a rustic barrel set on a post by Joe Santa Maria, was used by upper canyon residents.

Kedric Wolfe at Children's Corner Fair

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Kedric Wolfe plays flute at the Children's Fair at Children's Corner Preschool. At top left, Bernt Capra holds daughter Michele.

Guido Lamell leads the Topanga Philharmonic

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Guido Lamell leads the Topanga Philharmonic in the annual benefit concert for the Topanga Cooperative Preschool.

Topanga Cooperative Preschool students

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Topanga Cooperative Preschool students. Back: Unknown, Matthew Lepner. Front: Morgan Reed, Haydn Shelters, Ali Stack.

Community House playground

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Community House playground built by parents of Topanga Cooperative Preschool.

Ami Kirby, Kathy Hitchcock, and Hillevi Storer

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Topanga Cooperative Preschool leaders: President Ami Kirby, Kathy Hitchcock, and first long-term teacher Hillevi Storer.

Barton School teacher Howard Gutmann

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Barton School teacher Howard Gutmann was a German Jew and had escaped war and persecution.

Barton School teacher Nancy Gluck

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Barton School teacher Nancy Gluck came in 1940 and stay until the end. She was a dear friend of the Barton family.

Barton School teacher Hildor Barton

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Barton School teacher Hildor Barton was never happier than when planning and constructing buildings.

Sisters Candy Clark, Connie Clark, and unknown woman

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Sisters Candy Clark, Connie Clark, and unknown woman spinning and weaving. After the Barton School closed, the Clark family continued to live on the property.

Topanga Elementary School actors

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Topanga Elementary School actors in "Back to the West." Top: Gina Merchant, Michele Stephenson, Sean Colburn. Bottom: Erin Valente, Danielle Boucher, Kimberly Wiebe, Katie Freund, Rose Lannutti

Tom and Jeanne Mitchell

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Tom and Jeanne Mitchell on the set of the play "Return of the Yellow Submarine," designed by Stewart Moskowitz, at Topanga Elementary School.

Ann Stalcup with her student folk dancers

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Teacher Ann Stalcup with her student folk dancers. Topanga Elementary School came through for Ann when her house burned down in the 1993 fire.

Susan Clark and her Pooh Bear Jamie

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Susan Clark and her Pooh Bear Jamie at the Topanga Elementary School Halloween carnival.

Jean Dillingham teaches a Booster Club science program

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Resource Conversation District worker Jean Dillingham teaches a Booster Club science program. From left: Erin Whalley, unknown, Rachel Rein, Matthew Dorland, Heather Haigh, Hannah Young.

Topanga Elementary School, Track and Field Day

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Topanga Elementary School, Track and Field Day, organized by Marathon world-record holder Jacqueline Hansen.

Arlene Plotkin and Michelene (Mike) Kelly

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Arlene Plotkin and Michelene (Mike) Kelly were familiar faces in the office at Topanga Elementary School.

Topanga Elementary School, Track and Field Day

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Topanga Elementary School, Track and Field Day, organized by Marathon world-record holder Jacqueline Hansen.

School Booster Club leaders and teacher Bonnie Wallace

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Topanga Elementary School Booster Club leaders chat with teacher Bonnie Wallace: Sharon Morrison, Lynne Haigh, Rody Salkeld, Bonnie Wallace, Judy Heign.

Messenger editor Colin Penno

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Messenger editor Colin Penno is honored by Topanga Elementary School students as a citizen from abroad (England).

Topanga Elementary School contest winners, 1950s

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Topanga Elementary School motto contest winners receive medals from Fire Department: Capt. Jack Connors, Heather Wallace, Connie Manlein, Bruce Haines, and Chief Harvey Anderson.

Topanga School teachers, 1940s

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Topanga School teachers: Principal Elva Sigrist, Beulah Hendrix, Grace Wiley, Ivy Pearson, Florence Bruinsslot, May Peterson, Leon Hendrix, Rhoda Julian, Thelma Parker, Bertha Hangen, Jacqueline Wilson.

Students studying the American Frontier

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Fifth- and sixth-grade students studying the American Frontier were helped by teacher Margaret Ericson, a UCLA graduate who believed children learn by doing. She helped them make suits of burlap, wooden guns, and fur caps.

School bus, 1930s

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Driver Jim Hansen and his dad's 18-person school bus.

Topanga School, 1926

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Teacher Esther White conducts a story hour at the new school.

Topanga School

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Spanish-style Topanga School was built in 1925. The classroom and stage later became the American Legion Hall.

Garapatos School children, 1920s

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Garapatos School children, including Fred Venneman, later fire captain (middle right), Carmelito Garcia (bottom right), and John Prentiss (bottom left).

Garapatos School children, 1920s

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Garapatos School children. Back row: Aimee PIttman, Agatha Venneman, Patricia Prentiss, Margaret Cheney, Charlotte Melcher, Katherine Kneen, Art Heckle. Center row: Caroline Hansen, Ruth Melcher, Betty Pawlowski. Front row: Tom Pittman, John…

Garapatos School children, 1914

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Miss Elva Plaistridge's class at Garapatos School. Back row: Norris Julian, Elva, Helen and William Santa Maria. Front row: Irwin Julian and buddy Adrian Santa Maria hold hands, Beatrice Burnett, Lila.

Garapatos School children at Arch Rock

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Lucy Cheney (standing left) and a teacher with Garapatos School children at Arch Rock at Topanga Beach.

Topanga Elementary School students

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Popular 1970s teacher Richard Russo often took slides of Topanga Elementary School students.

Topanga Elementary School Alumni, 1965

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1965 Topanga Elementary School Alumni. Back row: Reynold Hicklin, Tom Marshburn, Brian Stork, Wesley Just. Center: Lynn Sawday Nance, John Brown, Kathleen Cepin Mahan, Mark Parrish, Marc Zeidler. Front: Caitlin Rice Just, Sandra Anderson-Tarcia,…

Topanga Elementary School sixth grade class

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The 1959 Topanga Elementary School sixth grade class

Topanga Elementary School

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The 1958 New Year's Eve fire threatened Topanga Elementary School and destroyed Hugh and Virley Harlan's home (ruins lower right).

Topanga Elementary School dedication ceremony

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Topanga Elementary School dedication ceremony, led by superintendent Dean Grass.

Topanga Elementary School 4th grade class

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Topanga Elementary 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…

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.