Truckee/Donner Trail

Truckee/Donner Trail (HM1S04)

Location: Floriston, CA 96111 Sierra County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 31.475', W 120° 0.122'

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In 1844 the Townsend-Stephens-Murphy Party became the first wagon train to reach California over the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Their rugged route through the Truckee River Canyon was hazardous to the pioneers and their animals, so in 1845 mountain man Caleb Greenwood blazed an alternate trail north of the river. It runs from what is now Verdi, Nevada, past Dog Valley and on to Donner Lake.

This trail was later used by the ill-fated Donner Party in 1846 and by Gold Rush pioneers after 1848 and is marked on either side of Dog Valley Road, west of this marker. In the terrible winter of 1846-47, the Donner Party was entrapped by a series of snowstorms at what is now Donner Lake and at a campsite at Alder Creek. Of the 81 men, women, and children at the high camps only 46 reached their destination in the California settlements. Some survivors resorted to cannibalism to stay alive.
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HM NumberHM1S04
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, May 1st, 2016 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 757693 N 4379285
Decimal Degrees39.52458333, -120.00203333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 31.475', W 120° 0.122'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 31' 28.5" N, 120° 0' 7.32" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)530
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Henness Pass Rd, Floriston CA 96111, US
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