Wirth Watching: Some of the oldest film of the Salt Lake Valley

Wirth Watching: Some of the oldest film of the Salt Lake Valley

The Clawson brothers shot film around town, mostly for the LDS Church. They cranked their cameras, recording priceless images.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 UTAH) - The Clawson brothers shot film around town, mostly for the LDS Church. They cranked their cameras, recording priceless images.

There are a couple things you could do in the Salt Lake City area on a hot day. The logical one for years was to go out to the lake and float like a cork.

And for years folks did that.

About a hundred years ago, the Clawson brothers cranked on their motion picture cameras to show what seems to be half the city in the lake. But they were not.

Actually you would have found a hundred or so citizens in Liberty Park on a special day. Dancing away to fiddle music.

W aren't positive what year this was filmed, but we do know the Clawson brothers did it and we know they started in about 1905.

It is almost haunting to see these images come alive. A record of how people loved to dance.

 

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