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"Topanga Threads" painted by Gordon Butcher

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"Topanga Threads" painted by Gordon Butcher. This clothing store in the Pine Tree Circle was owned by J. R. Ball.

Lannis Wood and her horse Sunday

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Lannis Wood and her horse Sunday in Hondo Canyon. Sunday was on the small side and crazy wild. Lannis was the only one who could ride her.

Topanga Canyon Boulevard gets washed out

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Topanga Canyon Boulevard gets washed out in a flood near the AmeriGas office. This photo appears to be shot from the patio of the Topanga Fish Market.

Riding horses in Topanga Creek

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Riding horses in Topanga Creek, in the Rodeo Grounds.

Three Dolphin Inn

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The Three Dolphin Inn restaurant was in the former building of The Discovery Inn. Owner Allen Emerson stands at right.

J. R. Ball, owner of Topanga Threads

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J. R. Ball, owner of Topanga Threads clothing store in the Pine Tree Circle.

Dan Mazur's Canyon Comix

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Stephen Stills, Neil Young, and Eric Clapton were arrested in Old Topanga Canyon. "Sadly, the incident marked the end of Buffalo Springfield... after the Topanga drug bust they split up for good."

Fred Tackett and Little Feat

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Fred Tackett and Little Feat play music at a TASC fundraiser at the Theatricum Botanicum.

Chevy Metal

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The Chevy Metal band at Abuelitas restaurant: Taylor Hawkins (also in the Foo Fighters), Achim "Dange" St. Dangersfield, and Wiley Hodgden.

Mystic Journey

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The Mystic Journey band: Gary Coleman, Suzanne Teng, Aziz Paige, Michael Dwyer, dancer Katyia, Howard.

Colin Hay and Cecilia Noel at Froggy's

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Colin Hay (of the band Men at Work) and Cecilia Noel play music at a benefit for Children's Corner at Froggy's restaurant.

The Grateful Dads

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The Grateful Dads band, composed of local dads: unknown, Herb Engelhardt, Tom Mitchell, Wally High.

Billy Preston

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Musician Billy Preston often donated his services for local fundraisers.

Fred Tackett plays at The Corral

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Fred Tackett plays at The Corral. He joined Little Feat after the death of Lowell George.

Neil Young

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Neil Young lived in Topanga with his band Buffalo Springfield.

Linda Ronstadt in Hondo Canyon

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Linda Ronstadt in Hondo Canyon, at artists Cy and Vera Wood's stone house.

Bob "Bear" Hite and Spanky McFarlane at The Corral

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Canned Heat singer Bob "Bear" Hite and Spanky McFarlane at The Corral nightclub.

Peter Alsop plays Pied Piper

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Children's music star Peter Alsop plays Pied Piper at the Theatricum Botanicum.

Will Geer and Herta Ware

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Will Geer and Herta Ware sing at their Theatricum Botanicum.

Will Geer and his family

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Will Geer and his family at the Theatricum Botanicum: Herta Ware, Peter Alsop, Melora Marshall, Will Geer, Ellen Geer

Folk musician Burl Ives

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Folk musician Burl Ives was a regular at the Theatricum Botanicum.

"Woody Guthrie," a drawing by Bob DeWitt

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"Woody Guthrie," a drawing of the folk musician in Topanga Canyon by Bob DeWitt.

The Job cafe

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The Job was the hippest cafe around. Owner Bob DeWitt sits with his back to the camera.

The Canyon Capers Jug Band

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The Canyon Capers Jug Band: Virgil Just on washboard, Bill Sloan on comb, John Boldemann on gut bucket, Ken Douphner on jug, Don Martin [?] on saw, Einar Lanaro on shower pipes, and Harriet Sweson (not pictured) on piano.

Folk musicians Frank Miller and Rich Dehr

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Frank Miller and Rich Dehr sing the latter's new folk song "Memories are Made of This." Dehr was known for his fine voice.

Mickey Miller and Rich Dehr at the Canyon Capers

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Mickey Miller and Rich Dehr perform at the Canyon Capers. Mickey first motorcycled to Topanga in 1949 with husband Matt, a fellow folk musician.

Bob and Doi DeWitt with their children

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Bob and Doi DeWitt with their children Eileen, Nora, and Bobby. The DeWitts were largely responsible for bringing folk music to the Topanga.

The Mermaid Tavern, a classical music club

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The Mermaid Tavern was the name of the classical music club created by Mickey and Ann Nadel in the former Sylvia Park clubhouse.

Topanga Symphony Conductor Jerome Kessler

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Topanga Symphony Conductor Jerome Kessler takes a bow from the Community House stage.

Roger Bobo directs the Topanga Philharmonic

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Roger Bobo directs the Topanga Philharmonic at the Theatricum Botanicum.

The Topanga String Quartet

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The Topanga String Quartet: Toni Marcus, Jeanne Mitchell, Hugh Neely, Miles Tackett.

Fran Roberts-Stehelin and her students at a recital

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Piano and voice teacher Fran Roberts-Stehelin with her students at a recital. Megan Yednock, Sebastian Harris, Nadia Kent, Morgan McGee, Samantha Johnson, Fran Roberts-Stehelin, Suzanne Duket, Laurel Anderson, John Anderson.

Harriet Swenson and her piano students

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Harriet Swenson celebrates with her piano students as they are inducted into the Topanga chapter of Pi Mu. Michael Morales, Terri Scott, Sherry and Sheryl Gwaltney, Sharon Clow, unknown, Vicki Cepin, Harriet Swenson, Adrienne Just, Connie Clark,…

Flutist Gretel "G.G." Shanley

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Flutist Gretel "G.G." Shanley, co-founder of the Topanga Symphony

Joseph Reilich and Aaron Copeland

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Joseph Reilich and Aaron Copeland at the Ojai Music Festival. Reilich played violin with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini for 10 years, before moving to Topanga in 1945.

Buddha mural on Topanga Canyon Blvd.

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"Buddha on the Wall," a mural on Topanga Canyon Blvd., designed by poster artist Liz Shepherd and painted with Kedric Wolfe and David Totheroh, on Labor Day 1982.

Dragonfly Ranch

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Dragonfly Ranch was built in 1991 by architect Cary Gepner and actor-craftsman-owner James Judd Morgan. When it went on the market in 2004, its $7.5 million asking price was a record high for Topanga.

The Donovan House on Waveview Drive

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The Donovan House on Waveview Drive, designed by architect Bob Bates.

House designed by Earl Wear on Sischo Drive

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Architect Earl Wear designed this home on Sischo Drive to be "of" the land, not just "on" it. It was built for Bud and Joan Ware.

Members of Topanga Canyon Gallery (New Canyon Gallery)

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Members of the Topanga Canyon Gallery steering committee: Rebecca Catterall, Meredith Miskowich, Sue Sullivan, Nancy Swenson Williams, Barbara Anahita King, Penny Chavez.

Topanga Arts Council at Earthworks studio

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Topanga Arts Council members in front of Earthworks, Esther and Bud Bruder's studio. Standing: Esther Bruder Raucher aka Esther Terrestrial, Sue Weber aka Sky and Wonder Woman, Helena LeBrun, three unknown, Myra Schegloff, Kathy Kaminsky, unknown.…

Jody Roberts

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Itinerant artist Jody Roberts specialized in caricatures and psychedelia.

"Mulholland Afternoon" by Linda Bolhuis

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"Mulholland Afternoon" by Linda Bolhuis, a painting made with dye on silk. Linda helped set up the Topanga Canyon Gallery in Pine Tree Circle in 2000.

"Solomon Meadows" by Nancy Swenson

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Painter Nancy Swenson Williams is part of a multigenerational activist family that has lived in Topanga since the late 1940s.

Leslie, Paul, and Matt Doolin

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Leslie, Paul, and Matt Doolin at their Topanga Art Tile studio.

Casa Pequeña gate

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Tomas Braverman and his wife Kiyo spent many years crafting their home at 1135 Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Today the house is called Rosewood.

"Commons" by Jim and Sue Sullivan

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"Commons" by ceramicists Jim and Sue Sullivan is an intricate mosaic table.

Mural by Arnold Schifrin

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A mural painted by Arnold Schifrin on the Old Post Office restaurant depicted a cast of Topanga characters. It was destroyed in a fire in the 1970s.

Wallace Berman, Shirley Morand, and Allen Ginsberg

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Assemblage artist Wallace Berman enticed notables to Topanga, including poet Allen Ginsberg.

Megan Rice

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Megan Rice with her book "A Brush with Cancer," which combines journal excerpts with images of her artwork.

Barbara, Jack, and Aran Rice

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Jack Rice was a stonemason.

Jean Stehelin and Jon Raymond

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Furniture craftsman Jean Stehelin and sculptor Jon Raymond wear berets outside the Topanga Post Office and General Store.

Sculpture by Cyril C. Wood (1960s)

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Sculpture by Cyril C. Wood (1960s), made of cast metal.

"Sybil" by Vera T. Wood (1998)

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"Sybil" by Vera T. Wood (1998), a painted tile.

"The Spring Grade" by Paul Dubosclard

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"The Spring Grade" by Paul Dubosclard is a silk-screen print of the S-Turns.

The Job, a cafe and art studio

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The Job was Bob DeWitt's cafe and art studio, located at 1855 N. Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Pictured here, wife Doi and Bob are surprised by a rare snow.

Bob DeWitt

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Bob DeWitt shows his ceramics, made from Topanga clay that he mixed with his bare feet.

"Untitled (Topanga Scene)" by William Fitch Wray

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"Untitled (Topanga Scene)," a painting by British émigré William Fitch Wray.

Painter George Henry Melcher

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George Henry Melcher paints at his Topanga ranch.

"Luse Ranch Home" by George Henry Melcher (1935)

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"Luse Ranch Home," a painting by George Henry Melcher (1935). Alwyn Luse Sr.'s ranch was destroyed by fire on Easter Sunday, 1938.

The Fernwood Inn

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The Fernwood Inn was the favorite place of the firemen who worked in the forestry station under the trees at right. It drew a lot of horse traffic.

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 in the Canyon restaurant

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