Frank Kuykendall (1855-1920) was born in Douglas County Oregon to George and Candace (Stark) Kuykendall. He attended Umpqua Academy, a public school organized by the Methodist church in Wilbur, Oregon. The family moved to California in the mid-1860s and by 1870 had settled in Santa Rosa. Frank learned the carpentry trade from his father, before mastering the art of photography.
In 1877, Frank and Nettie Louse Hadcock were married in Sonoma County. (They would later divorce, and Frank would remarry twice.) By 1880, they lived in Silver Cliff, Colorado, and Frank had begun photographically documenting local business houses, street scenes and landscapes. If the numbers scratched into his negatives are accurate, Kuykendall’s inventory included about 1,000 views of Saguache, Gunnison, Salida, Silver Cliff, Maysville and the surrounding area. The bulk of his output consisted of stereoviews, but he also made larger prints. His prints were stamped with “Fine Portraits and Views, S.W. Cor. of Ohio and Emery Sts., Near Colorado House, Silver Cliff, Colo.”
In 1882 Kuykendall joined forces with William H. Whitney (1855-1936) and they would continue to work together until 1885, first in Silver Cliff and later in Ouray, as Kuykendall & Whitney.
By 1890, Kuykendall had moved to Santa Rosa, California, where he would end his photographic career. Later, he farmed in Washington and Arizona, and then took up carpentry again, working in San Diego until his death on February 29, 1920. He is buried at Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery, in Santa Rosa, CA.
For more information about stereoviews and how to see them in 3D: https://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/stereo/viewing3d.html