Author/Journalist/Editor, Susan M. Pascal, discussing her historical
Hills (Images of America)" at the Calabasas Library with host
M. Pascal wrote a complete book on the history of Agoura Hills.
Originally inhabited by the Chumash Indians, the area was 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
In 1982, the residents voted to officially incorporate the
7.9-square-mile region, making Agoura Hills Los Angeles County's
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