by Susan Pascal
Before taking the helm of Conejo Valley Happening, I authored the historical book Images of America: Agoura Hills for Arcadia Publishing.
Images of America: Agoura Hills describes how the gateway community in the Santa Monica Mountains was first inhabited by the Chumash Indians and later became a well-known stagecoach stop for early settlers heading west thanks to its accessibility to well water. In 1927, Paramount Pictures purchased a ranch and started making movies; hence, the town became known as Picture City, having drawn the likes of silent film star Laura LaPlante (for whom a street was named), Gary Cooper, Clark Gable, and Claudette Colbert. The town was renamed by the Post Office to Agoura Hills after French settler Pierre Agoure. In 1982, the residents voted to officially incorporate the 7.9-square-mile region, making Agoura Hills Los Angeles County’s 82nd city.
Recently, I had the privilege of being interviewed by Karyn Foley for her series Author’s Night seen on Calabasas TV. Click on the video below to watch the complete interview and click here for more information about Author’s Night.