What paved the way for Pacific Coast Highway

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The version of Malibu that Angelenos know today — with Pacific Coast Highway running along it — is due to May Rindge. Photo by Shutterstock.

Malibu was the private domain of one woman 100 years ago. A champion land preservationist and the scourge of squatters and railroad men, May Rindge fought the longest court battle in California history in an attempt to keep coastal Malibu all to herself. She lost it all in the end, but in a sense, she also won.

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