Donner Camp

2.6 mi. W of Truckee on U.S. 40, Truckee, California. County/parish: Nevada.

NRIS 66000218

3 contributing sites.

Added to the National Register of Historic Places October 15, 1966.

Also known as:

  • Donner Camp Sites
  • Donner Memorial State Park

From Wikipedia:

Donner Memorial State Park

Donner Memorial State Park is a state park of California, US, preserving the site of the Donner Camp, where members of the ill-fated Donner Party were trapped by weather during the winter of 1846–1847. Caught without shelter or adequate supplies, members of the group resorted to cannibalism to survive. The Sierra Nevada site has been designated a National Historic Landmark. The state park contains the Emigrant Trail Museum and the Pioneer Monument dedicated to the travelers of the Emigrant Trail.

Donner Memorial State Park is located outside Truckee, California. It has 2.5 miles (4.0 km) of hiking trails, campgrounds, and 3 miles (4.8 km) of lake frontage on Donner Lake. The 3,293-acre (1,333 ha) park was established in 1928.

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