Donner Party

Donner Party (HM7GX)

Location: Truckee, CA 96161 Nevada County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 19.524', W 120° 14.28'

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Near this spot stood the Breen cabin of the party of emigrants who started for California from Springfield, Illinois, in April 1846, under the leadership of Captain George Donner. Delays occurred and when the party reached this locality, on October 29, the Truckee Pass Emigrant Road was concealed by snow. The height of the shaft of the monument indicates the depth of the snow, which was twenty-two feet. After futile efforts to cross the summit the party was compelled to encamp for the winter. The Graves cabin was situated about three-quarters of a mile to the eastward, the Murphy cabin about two hundred yards southwest of the monument, and the Donner tents were at the head of Alder Creek. Ninety people were in the party and forty-two perished, most of them from starvation and exposure.
In Commemoration of the Pioneers Who Crossed the Plains to Settle in California
HM NumberHM7GX
Series This marker is part of the Markers Attached to Sculpture series, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series.
Marker Number134
Year Placed1918
Placed ByThe Native Sons and Native Daughters of the Golden West. June 6, 1918
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 6:34am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 738085 N 4356525
Decimal Degrees39.32540000, -120.23800000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 19.524', W 120° 14.28'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 19' 31.44" N, 120° 14' 16.80" W
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Area Code(s)530, 775, 415
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 13021-13057 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee CA 96161, US
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