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Heiresses Leave a Lasting Heritage: a Scout Camp

Part 2 As early as the 1920s there was a summer camp for girls in Aliso Canyon. It was operated by Madame Marian Gordon as the Gordon School Camp for Girls, an offshoot of the school Gordon ran in Hollywood. Dorothy Paddock, who lives in South Laguna, remembers that as a young...

Pioneer Families Lay Foundation of Aldeita Court

By Jane Petty Janz, Special to the Independent The history of 422 North Coast Highway involves several of the families that came to Laguna very early and contributed to making the town unique.  First on the scene was stagecoach driver Fernando Farman, who arrived in 1892 and...

Podcasters Aim for Mainstream Success

By Suzie Harrison Ascending a spiral staircase to the North Laguna Beach set, a cheering crowd goes wild for “The Duke Fightmaster Show,” a weekly Friday podcast like no other. Energy-pumping fans pack a temporary studio so cramped it was impossible to notice that the set was a...

Heiresses Leave Lasting Heritage

Part 1 Pennsylvania mining heiresses Blanche and Florence Dolph chose the coastal foothills of Laguna and south Orange County as the focus of their property investments in the early 1900s.   Blanche, the more prominent of the sisters, was not just an investor. While Florence...