Some Malibu History

by ritasimpson on March 8, 2012

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Journalist and historian Jo Hindman published “The Big Ranch Fight” in 1955. The original 12-page article provides an intriguing look at life in the western portion of the Santa Monica Mountains during the early 20th century and how conflict between homesteaders and the Rindge family over easements eventually contributed to the creation of Pacific Coast Highway. Around 1903, the Rindges, who owned the entire Topanga Malibu Sequit Rancho from Las Flores Canyon to Arroyo Sequit at what is now the terminus of Mullholland Highway at Pacific Coast Highway, began buying out homesteaders at the western end of the ranch to facilitate construction of a railroad. By building their own railroad, the Rindges hoped to keep Union Pacific out of Malibu here is more about Malibu History

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