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Barton Springs, Lamar Boulevard, Congress Avenue ca. 1964

Gordon Wilkison

Silent | 1964

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  •  Swimmers at Barton Springs 
  •  Barton Springs bathhouse cashier 
  •   The original Barton Springs office before Jack Robinson moved the office to a corner of the women's locker room. Door to Buster Robinson's office to the right rear.  
  •  North Lamar Boulevard, just north of 19th Street 
  •  Lumbermen's Investment Company headquarters at 2501 North Lamar 
  •  Driving south on North Lamar below 19th Street 
  •  House Park athletic field 
  •  West 12th Street moonlight tower at Rio Grande Street 
  •  Driving east on West 12th Street toward the Capitol 
  •  Paramount and State theaters 
  •  Driving north on Congress Avenue from 7th Street 
  •  Piccadilly Cafeteria at right, 801 Congress 
  •  City National Bank at right; Austin Museum of Art is located on this site in 2009 
  •  Texas State Optical 
  •  Continental Trailways bus station at 10th and Congress 
  •  The state Capitol at 11th and Congress 
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Believed to be outtakes from the film Target...Austin, this clip features local Austin landmarks Barton Springs Pool, Lamar Boulevard and Congress Avenue headed north toward the Texas State Capitol.
Gordon Wilkison began work as a cameraman at the local Austin television station KTBC (now FOX 7) during 1952, its first year of operation.  At the time the station was owned by the Texas Broadcasting Company, which was owned by Senator Lyndon B. and Lady Bird Johnson. This relationship would continue to shape Wilkison's career well into the next decades - during the Johnson administration, Wilkison covered the president's visits to Texas, preparing material for national and international news correspondents. 
A particularly notable moment is his career occurred on August 1, 1966, when Wilkison and KTBC reporter Neal Spelce risked their lives to capture footage of the Tower shooting at the University of Texas. 
Wilkison was also the General Manager of Photo Processors at the LBJ Broadcasting Corporation, which he later took over and renamed Cenetex Film Labs. In addition to his camera work and film processing, his work at the station also included direction of a number of television film productions.
Outside of KTBC, Wilkison shot, edited, and processed Longhorn football game footage for the University of Texas, a partnership that lasted nearly 30 years.    
Recognizing the historical value of film and news footage, Wilkison kept the material, later contributing hundreds of reels to the Texas Archive of the Moving Image's collection.