Donner Camp

Also known as: Donner Camp Sites, Donner Memorial State Park
2.6 mi. W of Truckee on U.S. 40, Truckee, California

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Donner Party Memorial

Photo taken by Richard Doody in November 2009

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Description 

In the winter of 1846-47, a group of 89 California-bound emigrants led by Jacob and George Donner was trapped by the heavy snows of the High Sierra. Bitter cold and dwindling food supplies reduced the wagon train to a group of desperate individuals unable to cooperate, driven to terror and degradation. Four relief expeditions eventually rescued 47 of the party. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, January 20, 1961

California Historic Landmark No.134

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000218
Areas of significance
Exploration/Settlement; Social History
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Site
Historic function
Camp
Current function
Park
Period of significance
1825-1849
Significant years
1846; 1847
Number of properties
Contributing sites: 3
Non-contributing buildings: 1
Non-contributing objects: 1

Update Log 

  • March 26, 2019: Updated by Richard Doody: Added historical info
  • April 25, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody