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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…

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Native Americans of Topanga Beach

For decades,  it has been known that a number of Indian bones were buried all along the bluffs by the sea. Occasionally after a high tide, relics… are to be seen, the…

“Wet & Wild Topanga Style,” August 25

Pablo Capra of Brass Tacks Press presents “Wet & Wild Topanga Style,” an art show and short-film event about the surf culture of Topanga Beach in the 1960s & ‘70s. Featured will…