Tuesday, February 2, 2010
It was quite by accident that we came upon this historic area. We had known of it and it was in our plans to see it someday. Our only plans Sunday afternoon was to drive up the coastal highway and see the Malibu beach area. We had gotten that far and then decided that for our route back we would drive through the Santa Monica mountains. It was a good decision because we soon found ourselves driving on narrow roads which wound upwards through some very beautiful canyons.
It was on Old Topanga Canyon road where we came into the historic district of Calabasas. Driving through the town was difficult because many cars and people clogged the streets. We decided that it was just better to find a parking place and walk. A lot of people seemed to be in this area because of a large Mexican cantina and restaurant which is located next to the Leonis Adobe Museum. Calabasas was the site of one of the two hundred or more Native American Rancherias that once dotted the San Fernando Valley. The Leonis Adobe museum is a Monterey-Style adobe home and working ranch, originally owned by the legendary Miguel Leonis who was know as the King of Calabasas. We toured the home, as well as the ranch yard and corral with livestock.