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The Baylor Family Collection, no. 16 - West Texas Vacation, 1972

John Baylor

Silent | 1972

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  •  Road view driving through West Texas 
  •  Campsite with popup trailer 
  •  Playing in sand dunes 
  •  Sign for miles to El Paso and Carlsbad 
  •  Sign 'Welcome to New Mexico' 
  •  Entering Carlsbad National Park 
  •  Views inside Carlsbad National Park 
  •  Texas Mountain Trail 
  •  Mount Livermore 
  •  Observatory 
  •  Davis Mountain State Park 
  •  Fort Davis 
  •  Sign for Terlingua 
  •  Big Bend National Park 
  •  Boquillas Canyon 
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This home movie captures the Baylor family on a road trip through West Texas and New Mexico. Footage includes the family climbing and rolling down the sand dunes of Monahans Sandhills State Park in the Big Bend Region of West Texas, a stop at Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, the Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Mount Livermore, Davis Mountains State Park, Boquillas Canyon, and an old saloon where Judge Roy Bean, the Justice of the Peace in Val Verde County who called himself "The Law West of the Pecos," once held court.

The Baylor Collection is made up of films capturing two generations of the Baylor family, spanning roughly from the late 1940s to 1980. The majority of the films were taken between 1960 - 1980 by John Baylor, and feature his wife, Diane and their three children, Donna, David, and Darin. John and Diane married in 1962 and lived and raised their children in central Austin. In the early 1970s, with the help of John's brother, they built a lake house on Lake LBJ. Much of the footage in the collection is taken either at the lake house, or on road trips to state parks throughout Texas.