The Way We Were

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,…

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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…

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Indigenous Peoples Month

On October 8, Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles celebrated the first annual Indigenous Peoples Day. In 2017, the city and county voted to transform Columbus Day into a…

Postcard of a family outing in Topanga Canyon, 1915. Photographer: H. F. Rile. Image: San Fernando Valley Digital Library.

Topanga Vacation Destination c. 1915

For more than a hundred years Topanga has been a destination for summer visitors. In 1905, the Los Angeles Herald proclaimed Topanga Canyon, “One of the most picturesque and best known mountain…