Donner Party Camp at Alder Creek Valley / Tamsen and Elizabeth Donner

Donner Party Camp at Alder Creek Valley / Tamsen and Elizabeth Donner (HM14YQ)

Location: Truckee, CA 96161 Nevada County
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N 39° 22.543', W 120° 10.849'

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Donner Party Camp at Alder Creek Valley
In the Fall of 1846, 25 Members of The Donner Party became Trapped by an Early Snowstorm here at Alder Creek Valley. The George and Jacob Donner Families, their Teamsters, and Fellow Travelers Suffered Extreme Hardship and Starvation. They Spent the Winter Here Cut Off from the Rest of Their Party who Camped at Donner Lake. Only 11 Survived the Ordeal. Their Survival, Against Desperate Odds, Stands as a Testament to the Enduring Pioneer Spirit the Helped Shape the Future of California.
Dedicated on September 28, 1996
by the Tahoe National Forest to Commemorate
the 150th Anniversary of the Donner Party Tradgedy

Tamsen and Elizabeth Donner
They gave unselfishly, their fortunes and their lives that their children should survive.

Near this site, in the winter of 1846, two pioneer women gave up their lives for their families. Tamsen and Elizabeth Donner feared their many children could not survive the ravages of cold and starvation when the party was caught in an early blizzard. They provided care and comfort to their families and companions throughout the snowbound winter, desperately trying to prevent the death of their loved ones. Both lost their lives. However, most of their children survived to carry their mothers' dreams of new life and new beginnings to the valleys of California. The summit that they never crossed now bears their family name.

An inspiration to all who followed their footsteps across the Sierra Nevada Mountains, we herein honor the memory and the sacrifices of these women. Their struggle to survive, enduring hardships we can barely imagine, remains a legacy of the pioneer spirit. On this the 150th anniversary of their tragic encampment, the Chief Truckee Chapter of E Clampus Vitus dedicates this monument to their spirit and the preservation of their memory that we not forget the sacrifices they made in opening California to its destiny.
HM NumberHM14YQ
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series
Year Placed1996
Placed ByTahoe National Forest and Chief Truckee Chapter, E Clampus Vitus
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 7:20am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 742841 N 4362263
Decimal Degrees39.37571667, -120.18081667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 22.543', W 120° 10.849'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 22' 32.58" N, 120° 10' 50.94" W
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Area Code(s)530, 775, 415
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 211 Unnamed Road, Truckee CA 96161, US
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