Search Results for: Pablo Capra

Pioneering Artist Created Her Own Montmarte in the Canyon

Landscape painter Laura Way Mathiesen brought an indomitable spirit, a formidable mind and boundless curiosity to Topanga in the 1920s. A woman with red hair and “dancing brown eyes,” Laura Way Mathiesen…

Letters – December 27, 2019

Praise for Pablo  Referring to my article, 1930s Bring Changes to Topanga (Nov. 29, 2019), Pacific Palisades historian Randy Young wrote: “I just read your article and I loved it. Really, you…

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1930s Bring Changes to Topanga

Around the same time that the Los Angeles Athletic Club (LAAC) bought Lower Topanga in 1924, its President, William May Garland (1866-1948), also managed to get Los Angeles selected as the host…

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The Great Eleven Cult in Topanga

An unusual Topanga Beach sight in August 1924 would have been Sam Rizzio, 18, walking back and forth, repeating, “I am a dead man,” while a woman sprinkled a vial to wet…

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“Helen Gibson and The Rodeo Grounds”

The development of Topanga Beach happened quickly after a public campsite was created there in 1919 by two brothers, manager Miller Cooper and Deputy Sheriff Archie Cooper. Dancing was popular at Cooper’s…

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“Silents in the Canyon”

Topanga Beach was also the setting for early movies, most notably a 15-minute, single-reel film, Crossing the American Prairies in the Early Fifties, that was directed through a megaphone by D. W.…

They Tramped to Topango

About 40 years after the last Native Americans departed Topanga Beach, the land was given by Mexico to Ysidro Reyes (1813-1861) and Francisco Marquez (1798-1850) as part of a 6,656-acre grant in…

W. W. Coolbaugh and Jack Rabbit Lodge

Colonel William W. Coolbaugh was 70 years old in 1909 when he bought Jack Rabbit Lodge from a fisherman named Harry Johnson. It was the only residence at Topanga Beach. For years,…

Topanga Historical Society Presents…

The Topanga Historical Society’s quarterly event features local historian Pablo Capra, who will share his research on “Native Americans of Topanga Beach” that appeared in a recent edition of the Messenger Mountain…