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Not only did David take about 145 photos on his 1951 road trip to Minnesota, but he also took a few reels of home movies — in COLOR! David's twin daughters Sandra and Gloria recently had them transferred to DVD, and now, hot off the press, they are coming to you on this page!

Of course, these 60-year-old amateur movies look downright primitive by today's standard. To compare, you can check out some concert footage I shot with my high-definition consumer video camera about six months ago — up on the large-screen HD TV, it's positively stunning!

Well, 60 years ago David had to make do with the technology at hand — some sort of Standard 8 film camera, which did not record sound. But at least there was color film!

To create a soundtrack for these videos, I turned to my trusty source of music for videos: the Amazon MP3 store. I searched for the name of each place David shot footage, and found for each location a piece of music that was inspired by that location. For example, I searched for "Mt. Whitney," and found a song called "Mt. Whitney." I searched for "Craters of the Moon" and, amazingly, found a song called "Craters Of The National Moon"! As I did this for each location, I found an appropriate song to accompany the visuals. For Yellowstone I even found two entire albums of beautiful, peaceful music.

Because the entire video for all nine locations is 21 minutes long, I have packaged them into seven shorter videos, which will be quicker to download, and will make it easier to go back to the section you want.

I am also making all nine videos on this page available on DVD. Just e-mail me at brian@davidkaukonen.com and I'll send you a copy for free! And be SURE to sign the Guest Book and leave your comments before you're finished!

 

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This 41-second video was filmed 1n early July, 1951, in the Lone Pine, California, region at the base of Mt. Whitney.

You can find the two Mt. Whitney photos by clicking here.

For those of you like me, who use Apple iOS devices, you can click on the following link to download a version of this video to watch on your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Apple TV, or in iTunes.

kaukonen_whitney.mp4 (11 MB)

 

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This two-and-a-half-minute video was filmed in early July, 1951, at Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho.

You can go to the beginning of the Craters of the Moon photos by clicking here.

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kaukonen_craters_moon.mp4 (38 MB)

 

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This six-minute video was filmed in early July, 1951, at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Looks like the girls had fun in the snow!

You can go to the beginning of the Yellowstone photos by clicking here.

For those of you like me, who use Apple iOS devices, you can click on the following link to download a version of this video to watch on your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Apple TV, or in iTunes.

kaukonen_yellowstone.mp4 (95 MB)

 

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This four-and-a-half-minute video was filmed in early August, 1951, at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. The chipmunks sure are cute!

You can go to the beginning of the Bryce Canyon photos by clicking here.

For those of you like me, who use Apple iOS devices, you can click on the following link to download a version of this video to watch on your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Apple TV, or in iTunes.

kaukonen_bryce.mp4 (68 MB)

 

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This two-minute video was filmed in early August, 1951, at Red Canyon and Zion National Park, both in Utah.

You can see the one Red Canyon photo by clicking here, which is followed by the Zion National Park photos.

For those of you like me, who use Apple iOS devices, you can click on the following link to download a version of this video to watch on your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Apple TV, or in iTunes.

kaukonen_red_rock_zion.mp4 (29 MB)

 

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This four-and-a-half-minute video was filmed in early August, 1951, in the Lake Mead / Hoover Dam area on the Arizona - Nevada border. Additional footage was taken in the Nevada Mojave Desert.

You can go to the beginning of the Lake Mead / Hoover Dam photos by clicking here, and the two Mojave Desert photos by clicking here.

For those of you like me, who use Apple iOS devices, you can click on the following link to download a version of this video to watch on your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Apple TV, or in iTunes.

kaukonen_mead_hoover_mojave.mp4 (69 MB)

 

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This one-and-a-third-minute video was filmed in early August, 1951, at Las Vegas, Nevada.

Apparently David did not take any pictures at Las Vegas — he only filmed. I supposed all of those flashing, colored lights would not look as impressive in black and white still photos!

For those of you like me, who use Apple iOS devices, you can click on the following link to download a version of this video to watch on your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Apple TV, or in iTunes.

kaukonen_las_vegas.mp4 (20 MB)

 
In 2001 (ten years ago!), David's nephew Ken (son of David's younger sister Ruth) held a Kaukonen family reunion in Kent (good place for a Ken to live!), Washington, just south of Seattle. I was there, video camera in hand, meeting numerous Kaukonen relatives for the first time. Following are two edited videos from that reunion.
 

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This six-minute part-one video is mostly just the Kaukonen relatives hanging out together at the reunion — at Ken's house the evening before, inside at the reunion, outside for the family photos, and lastly, later that evening.

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kaukonen_reunion_part_1.mp4 (88 MB)

 

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This nine-minute part-two video captures, in a concise format, the special time we had reliving the past by looking at and discussing household and family items from the farm of Isaac and Wilhelmina Kaukonen, David's parents.

For those of you like me, who use Apple iOS devices, you can click on the following link to download a version of this video to watch on your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Apple TV, or in iTunes.

kaukonen_reunion_part_2.mp4 (134 MB)

 
 
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