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Aerial view of Topanga Canyon, c. 1925

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Aerial view of Topanga Canyon, with close-ups of Cooper's Camp motel, the Rodeo Grounds, and Paxson’s Cafe.

Something's Fishy Here seafood restaurant

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Something's Fishy Here seafood restaurant at Topanga Beach evolved into Something's Fishy Sushi. Warren Roberts is standing in front, a co-owner with his brother Lance, and with Marshall and Susan Burns.

First map of Rancho Topanga-Malibu-Sequit, 1870

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This is a close-up of the first official US map of what came to be known as Rancho Topanga-Malibu-Sequit, a land patent granted to Matthew Keller.

Topanga Elementary Graduation Party at Camp Wildwood

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Topanga Elementary School, Sixth Grade Class Graduation Party at Camp Wildwood. Left to right: Michael McGovern, Carol Knittle, Karen Wood, Ray Boyette, and Guy Hoover.

Artist Cy Wood wears a white jacket

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Artist Cy Wood wears a white jacket for his weekly trip to downtown Los Angeles.

Earl Wickenburg rides a horse with the Wood sisters

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Earl Wickenburg rides a horse with the Wood sisters: Lannis, Karen, and Lynn.

Heidi, Lorraine Heindorf, and Sue Lilley wade into the ocean

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Heidi Heindorf, her mother Lorraine Heindorf, and Sue Lilley wade into the ocean. Lorraine was the wife of film composer Ray Heindorf, and the sister of actress Virginia Grey. Sue was the daughter of film composer Joseph J. Lilley. In the background…

Topanga Creek passes beach houses and an uprooted tree

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Topanga Creek passes beach houses and an uprooted tree. The house at left belonged to Katherine Otteson/Salkow (18662). The next house belonged to Frieda Clark (18658, the old bathhouse), who lived in Santa Monica and rented to Austin and Pat…

Map of Topanga Beach, 1959

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Detail of a map shows Topanga Beach, including The Rodeo Grounds, Topanga Lane, Shady Lane, and Topanga Beach Dr.

Caracol Mexican Restaurant, 18661 PCH, Malibu

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Caracol Mexican Restaurant, 18661 PCH, Malibu. George W. Evinger, owner. David Jimenez, manager. Frank Campo, cuisinero (chef).

Bob Ruben's Shell Service Station ad

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Bob Ruben's Shell Service Station ad, a gas station at Topanga Cyn. Blvd and PCH.

Malibu Feed and Fuel advertises horse meat

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Malibu Feed and Fuel ad, Topanga Cyn. Blvd. and PCH.

Malibu Feed & Fuel ad, 20 baby broiler chicks free!

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Malibu Feed and Fuel ad, Topanga Cyn. Blvd. and PCH.

Malibu Feed and Fuel ad, opening May 20, 1957

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Malibu Feed and Fuel ad, Topanga Cyn. Blvd. and PCH. Opening date, May 20, 1957. Owners Robert L. Jacks and Steve Terrill.

Roger Sweet's gas station gives customers free turkeys

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Roger Sweet, Shell Service Station operator at Topanga Cyn. Blvd. and PCH, gives free Thanksgiving turkeys to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bartley of Topanga, and D. R. Corzine of Malibu.

Apply for a free turkey from Roger Sweet's gas station

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Roger's Shell Service Station, at Topanga Cyn. Blvd. and PCH, advertises 10 free turkeys to its customers for the holidays.

Roger Sweet's gas station advertises free turkeys

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Roger Sweet, Shell Service Station operator at Topanga Cyn. Blvd. and PCH, offers his customers free turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Car wash advertised at Shell Service Station

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Car wash advertised at Shell Service Station, a gas station at Topanga Cyn. Blvd. and PCH

Jim Dandy Cafe ad, 18753 PCH, Malibu

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Jim Dandy Cafe ad, 18753 PCH, Malibu. Fisherman's breakfast. Margaret and Arlene Swanson. Steve and Terry Terrill.

The bar, fireplace, and veranda at The Point restaurant

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The bar, fireplace, and veranda at The Point restaurant at Topanga Beach.

Topanga Canyon, the Alps of Southern California

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"Topanga Canyon, the Alps of Southern California" was a map and real estate brochure put out by William C. Carter, with contributions by Charles Crutcher and Ernest M. Wilson. It includes photos of Potter's Topanga Trading Post, Trippet Ranch, the…

Intersection of Topanga Cyn. Blvd. and Cheney Rd.

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Beekeeper August Schmidt's land was at the intersection of Topanga Cyn. Blvd. and Cheney Rd.

Walter Oertel holds a flowering yucca plant

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Walter Oertel holds a flowering yucca plant, while propping his foot on a boulder. Walter married Hedwig Schmidt, the daughter of beekeeper August Schmidt.

A family gathers at a roadside restaurant

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A family gathers at a roadside restaurant that offers barbecue, hot dogs, Imperial Ice Cream, Eastside Beer, cider, and cold drinks.

Topanga Oaks sign, a real estate development

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Topanga Oaks sign, a real estate development, advertises its advantages: "community center, school on tract, good roads, close to ocean, water, daily delivery, restrictions, reasonable prices."

August Schmidt and his son Paul tend their beehives

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August Schmidt and his son Paul tend their beehives in a postcard with German writing on the back.

Topanga Creek passes nasturtium flowers in Lower Topanga

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Topanga Creek passes nasturtium flowers, a wrecked car, and a fallen brick stairway in Lower Topanga.

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde E. Fouch watch Topanga Creek flood

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Mr. and Mrs. Clyde E. Fouch, of 2559 S. Topanga Cyn. Blvd., watch Topanga Creek as it races by their home during a flood.

Don Miller passes cats to Jimmy Hudson during a flood

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Don Miller passes Siamese cats to Jimmy Hudson during a flood at 3933 Topanga Lane.

William Spence's home floods, 2/2

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William Spence smokes a cigarette beside the piano in his flooded home (next door to Spence's Cabins on Topanga Lane). His wife Florence was the musician and could play any tune she heard. Their son Thomas painted the "Collie Dog & Lamb" above the…

Topanga Canyon Lane floods

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Topanga Canyon Lane floods. The Topanga Beach Auto Court motel is safe on the hill. William Spence stands beside Spence's Cabins at right.

Spence's Cabins floods, 3923 Topanga Lane

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William Spence shines a flashlight at the flooded office of Spence's Cabins motel, 3923 Topanga Lane.

William Spence's home floods, 1/2

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William Spence opens the refrigerator in his flooded home (next door to Spence's Cabins on Topanga Lane).

Frank Hudson's home floods, 3933 Topanga Lane

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Frank Hudson tries to salvage an outdoor chair at his flooded home (3933 Topanga Lane) as Jimmy Hudson and Don Miller (with hat) look on.

Aerial view of landslide, April 2024

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A landslide closed Topanga Canyon Blvd. from March 9 to June 2, 2024, about three months.

J. Murf wears a KIIS radio T-shirt and drinks a Coors beer

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J. Murf wears a KIIS radio T-shirt and drinks a Coors beer. He founded the Topanga Beach surf rock band Blue Juice.

La Mer restaurant matchbook

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La Mer was a French restaurant located at 18756 Pacific Coast Highway at Topanga Beach.

The Raft restaurant T-shirt

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The Raft was a seafood restaurant at Topanga Beach from 1963 until it burned in 1979. The owners were Jack Dorfman and Jim McDonald. Jim went on to open the Sand Castle in Paradise Cove.

Greebe & Moommy Topanga Beach Surf Club sweatshirt

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Before the Topanga Bombers, there was the Greebe and Moommy Surf Club, created by David H. Stern in 1962.

Members included Wes Armand, Bill Cleary, Alden Doseburg, Bob Feigel, Jim Fitzpatrick Sr., Jim Fitzpatrick Jr., Mike Gaughan, Larry Kraus,…

Eddie Sr. and Helen Saenz with family and friends

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Eddie Sr. and Helen Saenz are surrounded by family and friends, including sons Joey (the boy on the ground), Nicky (2nd from right, waving), Michael (being embraced by Eddie Sr.), and Eddie Jr. (with a girl on his lap).

Aurora Glassock and Jarnell Wingard sit on a couch

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Aurora Glassock and Jarnell Wingard sit on a couch at the Wingard house on Topanga Beach

The Spaghetti Joint at Topanga Beach

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Stephanie Lira, Jarnell Wingard, Philly Brooks, and Aurora Glassock sit at a table at the Spaghetti Joint (now Cholada) at Topanga Beach.

Paulina and Sig Wingard with their children

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Paulina and Sig Wingard lived on Topanga Beach with their children Jarnell and Eddie.

Boys raft Topanga Creek during the flood of 1975

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Boys raft Topanga Creek during the flood of 1975: Edward Wingard, Michael Avatar, David Allard, and Jimmy Allard.

Spere Aneme catches a Basking shark at Topanga Beach

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Greek fisherman Spere Aneme catches a Basking shark at Topanga Beach. It was 19'10" long, and weighed 2,500 lbs.

A temporary traffic light at Tuna Canyon Rd. and PCH, 2024

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A landslide closed Topanga Canyon Blvd. from March 9 to June 2, 2024, about three months. A temporary traffic light was installed at Tuna Canyon Rd. and PCH to manage the cars that had to detour.

Aerial view of landslide, March 2024

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A landslide closed Topanga Canyon Blvd. from March 9 to June 2, 2024, about three months.

A landslide closed Topanga Canyon Blvd., March 2024

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A landslide closed Topanga Canyon Blvd. from March 9 to June 2, 2024, about three months.

The Wood family's river rock cabin and a newer structure

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The Wood family's river rock cabin is a stone house in Hondo Canyon.

Anne Lanaro kisses a raccoon

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Anne Lanaro kisses a raccoon. This is one of two orphaned raccoons that the Lanaro family raised.

The Wood family's river rock cabin

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The Wood family's river rock cabin is a stone house in Hondo Canyon.

Jim Ganzer's collectible trading card

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Jim Ganzer is one of surfing’s original “Big Daddies.” With his penchant for art, Jim worked in the States with stars like Mickey Dora and Lance Carson designing logos, and added his art direction to the legendary surfing magazine “Surf Guide.” His…

Jan-Michael Vincent rides a horse at Topanga Beach

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From the book Life Lived by Jim Ganzer (Indoek, 2024).

Jim Ganzer waxes his surfboard at Topanga Beach

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From the book Life Lived by Jim Ganzer (Indoek, 2024).

Jan-Michael Vincent wears a military hat at Topanga Beach

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From the book Life Lived by Jim Ganzer (Indoek, 2024).

Robbie Dick in his surfboard shaping room

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From the book Life Lived by Jim Ganzer (Indoek, 2024).

Jan-Michael Vincent, Ronne Troup, and Jim Ganzer

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Jan-Michael Vincent, Ronne Troup, and Jim Ganzer in Ganzer's Topanga Beach house.From the book Life Lived by Jim Ganzer (Indoek, 2024).

The dining room at Jim Ganzer's Topanga Beach house

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From the book Life Lived by Jim Ganzer (Indoek, 2024).

Joe Pleshe lived across the creek near Brookside

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From the book Life Lived by Jim Ganzer (Indoek, 2024).

Victoria Anderson sunbathes at Topanga Beach

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From the book Life Lived by Jim Ganzer (Indoek, 2024).

Bonnie Vincent rides a horse by the Yellow House

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Bonnie Vincent rides a horse with daughter Amber by the Yellow House at Topanga Beach. Surfboards lean against the porch.From the book Life Lived by Jim Ganzer (Indoek, 2024).

Jim Ganzer surfs at Topanga Beach

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From the book Life Lived by Jim Ganzer (Indoek, 2024).

Farm plays on a porch at Topanga Beach, 4/4

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Farm plays on a porch at Topanga Beach. The band played the soundtrack for the surf film "The Innermost Limits of Pure Fun" (1970).From the book Life Lived by Jim Ganzer (Indoek, 2024).

Farm plays on a porch at Topanga Beach, 3/4

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Farm plays on a porch at Topanga Beach. The band played the soundtrack for the surf film "The Innermost Limits of Pure Fun" (1970).From the book Life Lived by Jim Ganzer (Indoek, 2024).

Farm plays on a porch at Topanga Beach, 2/4

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Farm plays on a porch at Topanga Beach. The band played the soundtrack for the surf film "The Innermost Limits of Pure Fun" (1970).From the book Life Lived by Jim Ganzer (Indoek, 2024).

Farm plays on a porch at Topanga Beach, 1/4

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Farm plays on a porch at Topanga Beach. The band played the soundtrack for the surf film "The Innermost Limits of Pure Fun" (1970). From the book Life Lived by Jim Ganzer (Indoek, 2024).

Non-native arundo is sprayed with blue herbicide Roundup

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A non-native arundo stalk is sprayed with the blue herbicide Roundup by State Parks in the lower Topanga Creek bed. The health impacts of the glyphosate-based Roundup, as well as its effects on the environment, have been at the center of substantial…

Non-natives plants are sprayed with blue herbicide Roundup

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A non-native arundo patch is sprayed with the blue herbicide Roundup by State Parks in the lower Topanga Creek bed. The health impacts of the glyphosate-based Roundup, as well as its effects on the environment, have been at the center of substantial…

A non-native tree is sprayed with blue herbicide Roundup

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A non-native arundo tree is sprayed with the blue herbicide Roundup by State Parks in the lower Topanga Creek bed. The health impacts of the glyphosate-based Roundup, as well as its effects on the environment, have been at the center of substantial…

Broken pilings from a 19th-century bridge near the lagoon

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Broken pilings from a 19th-century bridge protrude from the Topanga Creek bed near the lagoon.