Part 1: Mt. David has a rich history – not including the ‘oil’

PHOTOS PROVIDED/COTTAGE GROVE HISTORICAL SOCIETY The view of Cottage Grove from “The Hill,” circa 1900.

Mount David, a silent witness to Cottage Grove’s birth and growth, stands over our town.

It has served a variety of roles in the city’s history. An early water system had its reservoir there in the 1890s. Early photographers documented the town’s growth with panoramic views from its slopes.

One slick huckster used it to separate many citizens from their hard-earned cash. But mostly the bucolic hill came to be regarded . . .