Having taken work all over the western United States during the great depression, David Delos Donaldson finally landed employment at the Ogden Depot in 1937 as Supervisor of Maintenance. In 1939, he took his wife, Berendena Van Leeuwen Donaldson, back to California for an extended trip to visit family on both the Donaldson and Van Leeuwen family lines.
David and Dena hit the 1939 San Francisco World Fair and then wound their way over to Phoenix and up through Utah back home to Ogden. A number of photos exist from this trip, including these two from Cove Fort, Utah.
On 4 November 2017, our little Ross family traveled to Cedar City, Utah for the Cedar City Temple Open House.
We immensely enjoyed our visit. Well worth the trip. Beautiful temple in every regard.
After we drove past Cove Fort on the way down, I kept thinking of the picture of my Great Grandfather David Donaldson and Grand Uncle Dave Donaldson from 1939. I knew on the way back I wanted to stop and see if I could find the same site.
We stopped and had a great visit with the missionaries who serve at the site. They also helped us find the spot of the picture from 1939 and we took the following picture.
Here is the photo again for comparison. The door behind Uncle Dave is the one behind Aliza and Jill. The grey rock at the right of the bottom window behind me is the same to the right of Dave.
The missionaries had to visit with others about the history of Cove Fort. The large tree in the old picture was only removed a few years ago, along with the well that David and Dave are standing in front. We were able to figure out which side of the fort from the shadows (both sides look the same). The fort was restored in the 1990s, so you can see the improvements in the windows, mortar, and the top of the walls above the roof. But the photo is roughly the same area and vicinity.
I literally stood on the ground where my Great Grandfather David Donaldson walked some 78 years earlier. Thanks to my family for indulging me.
The fort was an interesting place to learn and stop as well. I recommend any passing through to stop.