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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
2008.
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.

Condition:
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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