Emigrant-Donner Camp

Emigrant-Donner Camp (HM1S3C)

Location: Reno, NV 89502 Washoe County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 28.559', W 119° 45.248'

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Upon entering the Truckee Meadows along the Truckee River, thousands of California-bound emigrants turned their wagons southwest to avoid extensive marshes and uncrossable sloughs. Here at the base of Rattlesnake Mountain the emigrants established a campground, which extended nearly two miles to the east and west, one half mile north and south. Numerous local springs furnished quality water and the protected location of the camp provided an ideal locale for a rest stop after hundreds of grueling miles spent traversing the Humboldt River Valley. Once rested the emigrants turned west to face their last major obstacle, the Sierra Nevada.

In October of 1846, the ill-fated Donner Party spent five days in this area resting and grazing their weary animals. Plagued by a series of unfortunate incidents one member of the party, William Pike, was accidentally shot, died, and was buried in the vicinity.
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HM NumberHM1S3C
Marker Number253
Placed ByNevada Historic Preservation Office and Nevada Emigrant Trail Marking Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, May 7th, 2016 at 5:01am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 263103 N 4373220
Decimal Degrees39.47598333, -119.75413333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 28.559', W 119° 45.248'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 28' 33.54" N, 119° 45' 14.88" W
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Area Code(s)702, 775
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4205 Rio Poco Rd, Reno NV 89502, US
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