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Donner Camp

Truckee, California
County of Nevada.
Donner Memorial State Park. 12593 Donner Past Road
National Register Number: 66000218
Resource type: Site.
Property type: Domestic - camp. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: CA-2 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: Donner Memorial State Park and the Tahoe National Forest..

Statement of Significance (as of designation - January 20, 1961):
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.

Despite modern intrusions and development, the cultural resources associated with the Donner Camp are in relatively good condition.

In 2007, archeological testing occurred in preparation for the development of a new park museum (i.e., High Sierra Crossing Museum) scheduled to be completed by 2010.

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