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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.

The Swenson family house on Fontaine Road

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Harriet and John Swenson bought this house on Fontaine Road in 1950, only after persuading the owner that they were tough enough to stay.

Nancy Swenson on Robinson Road

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Harriet and John Swenson's oldest child Nancy sits on the stoop of their Robinson Road rental, reputed hunting lodge for Teddy Roosevelt.

Bill and Pearl Sloan

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Bill and Pearl Sloan toast their 50th wedding anniversary.

The Sloan family

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Bill and Pearl with David, Jon, Bill Jr., and Miriam. (Barbara was born in 1956.)

The Sloan family's trailer home

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Bill and Pearl Sloan and their first three children called this 16-foot travel trailer home while they waited for a new one.

Bill and Pearl Sloan

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Bill and Pearl Sloan stand in a hole they dug for their septic tank. "There were no geological surveys required, no septic system percolation tests."

The Mule Train at the Country Fair

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The Mule Train at the Country Fair. From left: Chris Jones, JoAnn Goodman, and Tom Butler.

Joe Ruzicka performs at the Country Fair

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Joe Ruzicka of Old Canyon performs at the Country Fair

Community House work party

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Woman's Club members serve a ranch-style lunch to a Community House work party.

Greg and Danny Morris

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Greg and Danny Morris donate their playhouse to the Community House for a tool shed

Jerry Hanks, Ray Alley, and Frank Molloy

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Jerry Hanks, Ray Alley, and Frank Molloy drill a well for the new Community House.

Topanga Drilling Co.

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Frank Molloy and Ray Alley of Topanga Drilling bring their families while they tap into a water supply.

Breaking ground for the Community House

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Fire Chief Harvey Anderson and Mary Sopher watch as Dorothy Boehme breaks ground for the new Community House.

Clarence Kuethe and Mary Sopher

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Clarence Kuethe, owner of Fernwood Market, donates a steet to Woman's Club president Mary Sopher.

Sycamore Lodge

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Sycamore Lodge, with bow windows, was built by H. R. Gage in the early 1900s, then bought by Harry Boehme in 1931. Located just north of the confluence of Garapatos and Topanga Creeks and shaded by sycamores, the 5-acre property contained four…

Oka Stewart

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Oka Stewart sponsored free events at Wildwood, led the Lions club and donated building materials for the Community House.

Camp Wildwood

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Owner Oka Stewart supervises Camp Wildwood swim classes.

Topanga Women's Auxiliary

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Topanga Women's Auxiliary threw an old-fashioned community picnic in 1942, precursor to the fairs. Standing from left: Elva Sigrist, unknown, Hermoine Cox, unknown, Virley Harlan, Mrs. Theriault, Nelle Upham, unknown, Louise Adams, Helen Blencourt,…

American Legion Honor Roll

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Honor Roll of men and women serving in armed forces is unveiled by the American Legion on Memorial Day 1944 at Pine Tree Circle

The Topanga Protection Committee

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The Topanga Protection Committee organized in 1942 by Oscar-winning producer/director Frank Lloyd (seated center). Pictured are standing from left: Hildor Barton, two unknown, Des Barton, Kenneth Connors, Hugh Harlan, Ralph Kiewitt. Seated: W. V.…

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 Topanga 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