From the 1920s until 2001, the Los Angeles Athletic Club owned 1,659 acres dotted with ramshackle cabins in Topanga Canyon. A small creekside portion was called the Snake Pit. It was difficult to access and prone to flooding, but a group of folks, including several artists, enjoyed decades of cheap rent there. For about six months, from 1967 to 1968, Manson and his followers shared a derelict house west of Topanga Canyon Boulevard and north of Pacific Coast Highway. The cabins have since been demolished, and the site is now part of Topanga State Park.
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