This website is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Calabasas’ historical interest and surrounding areas through education, programs, and the exchange information with other organizations.
Calabasas comes from the Spanish calabaza which means “pumpkin”,’squash’, or “gourd”. (compare calabash). Some historians believe that Calabasas may be derived from Chumash term calahoosa. This is believed to translate as “where the wild geese fly.”
Calabasas history includes explorers and Indians as well as squatters and bandits. The peaceful Chumash Indians lived in the hills and made their home in canyons, where there was abundant wildlife.