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A rally in Topanga to protest the Montevideo housing development project in Summit Valley, 1991. The Montevideo housing venture was first formed in 1982 to build luxury homes and a golf course on 660 acres at the top of Topanga Canyon Road. After 12 long years of struggle, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy purchased the land from Canyon Oaks Estates Ltd. and created Summit Valley Edmund D. Edelman Park. Topanga Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

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This water tank built by T. W. (Bill) Kneen in the shape of a milk bottle was built in the 1930's out of masonry. Located at Red Rock Road, Old Topanga Canyon. Photographer: A. Les Haines. Topanga Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

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Exterior view of the Cody Theater, located at 303 S. Brand Boulevard, San Fernando, 1923. The movie advertised on the theater's marquee is Grumpy (1923) starring prolific silent film star of the 1910s and 1920s, Theodore Roberts. San Fernando Valley Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.