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Runyon Canyon Photos & History

Runyon Canyon Photos & History

Runyon Canyon runs from just above Franklin Avenue to Mulholland Drive, the tract was originally called No Man's Canyon and is believed to have been a campsite for the Gabrielino Indians.

First Runyon Canyon Owners

In 1867, the federal government deeded the canyon to "Greek George" Caralambo for his services in the U.S. Army Camel Corps. The infamous bandit Tubircio Vasquez was captured while hiding out in Caralambo's adobe and later hanged--but not in the canyon.

In 1919, Carman Runyon, a wealthy coal merchant from the East Coast, bought the canyon, giving it his name and using it as a riding and hunting retreat.

John McCormack's home in Runyon Canyon

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History of Runyon Canyon & The Pines

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History of Runyon Canyon/The Pines

In 1867, "Greek George" Caralambo, received the 160-acre parcel by federal patent in appreciation for his service in the army camel corp. Allen became famous by association when the banditTiburci Vasquez was captured while hiding out at his home in 1874.

Alfredo Solano, a prominent civil engineer and one of the founders of the LA Athletic Club, purchased the canyon a year after Vasquez was hanged. Solano owned the canyon before his widow, Ella Brooks Solano, sold the majority of the land to Carman Runyon in 1919. Runyon, having recently retired from a successful coal business came out with his new bride to enjoy the California climate. The marriage failed and Runyon moved to Hollywood where he met and married his new wife. The new Mrs. Runyon was an accomplished horsewoman  and the...