Treasure Hunting at Home: a Visit to the Alamo

A few days ago, we visited The Alamo. No, not that one. The historic home of Ezra T. and Mary Stevenson Clark in Farmington, Utah, with its architectural stylings reflective of the Alamo, was the childhood home of Kindex founder Kimball Clark. On a mission to rescue records for a treasure hunt for the upcoming MyFamily History Youth Camp at BYU, we thought of no better place to start than in our own backyard.

 

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Welcome to the Alamo.

I had a few minutes waiting for Kimball to arrive, so I poked around outside, walking deep into the expansive property. Situated on historic “Clark Lane” in Farmington, Utah, the property stretches north reaching the Farmington Creek Trail and Lagoon Park. So close is Lagoon that I could hear clack of amusement rides and the screams of thrill-seekers just a stone’s throw away.

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Kimball’s father Charles Clark collected, among other things, wagon wheels.
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And other kinds of wheels.
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The random patterns of native field stones.
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A marker for the old telephone system cables. It has not been disturbed.
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At last, Kimball is here! Now, where’s that key.

Once inside, we had a great time exploring the home. I remember coming to this home once in a while to visit Charles and Sally’s family, but it had been at least 20 years. Wandering from room to room in the heavy July heat, we discovered some great things. Buried between craft boxes, tools, and boxes of old bills were family genealogies, old photos, letters, and a few other surprises.

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A few items from a dusty old suitcase.

This 161-year old home is thick with memory. Treasure hunting aside, I loved looking around the various rooms and hearing Kimball’s memories of growing up here. With eight brothers and one sister, Kimball has no shortage of stories from this house.

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A view in the kitchen.
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A well-worn banister post cap.

Someday soon, Kimball will share some memories of him growing up in that historic pioneer home. That’s his story to tell. In the mean time, we’ll keep hunting for treasures and putting them on Kindex, one dusty suitcase at a time.

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  1. Andrew says:

    Well, I really want to know whose priceless family records were held in that suitcase. It appears you have plenty of clues to go from.
    I have a bunch of antique family photo albums that I purchased on Ebay years ago. I bought them for the vintage album designs but many also held old family photographs.
    I know how badly I would want those photos if they were my ancestors and I’m hoping to someday find the descendants so they can enjoy them.
    It breaks my heart to see orphaned family history.

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    1. Most of the pictures are unidentified but there are a few Clues here and there. No Clarks, but one or two families from Montana, Wyoming, and Chicago. Don’t worry, I’ll return the suitcase and you can all do some research. The ultimate goal is reuniting family with their records. As for your scrapbooks, that is awesome. Put them on found.kindex.org where they can be transcribed and searched, eh?
      https://kindexblog.org/2017/03/28/find-what-is-lost-introducing-found-kindex-org/

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