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The 175th Anniversary of the Donner Party Adventure, George Donner & James Reed

Author’s Note: To acknowledge the historical significance of the Donner Party and its window into an important era in the West, over the next...

Donner Party decisions seal their fate, Part II

Author’s Note: To acknowledge the historical significance of the Donner Party and its window into an important era in the West, I will occasionally write...

Retracing steps of Donner Party

  Four extreme athletes will set out on Dec. 16 to follow the 1846 route of the Donner Party’s Forlorn Hope. Over five or six...

Donner Party in Dire Straits

January 1847 was a challenging month for the 81 surviving members of the Donner Party trapped in the Tahoe Sierra. In mid-December, 15 intrepid...

Bones of Contention | Donner Party Archeology

The winter of 2016-17 represents the 170th anniversary of the Donner Party incident, when 81 California-bound men, women and children were trapped at Donner...

Lewis Keseberg’s life full of misfortune after Donner Party

When Lewis Keseberg reached Sutter’s Fort (Sacramento), his relieved wife Philippine was there to greet him. They consoled themselves with tears over the deaths...

Step back in time with Donner Party Hikes

Greg Palmer leds a hike on Donner Summit. He Has led a hike during the event for the past 17 years.  |  Tim Erskine...

Donner Party experience: Lessons learned

The annual Donner Party Hikes draw hundreds of participants for a variety of unique and memorable hikes that explore the Donner Pass region each...

In the footsteps of history: Donner Relief Expedition retraces 1847 route

Today when people think of the 1846 Donner Party and the Sierra entrapment, they think of the numerous mistakes the members made including starting...

Donner Party faces calamity in the desert

Crossing Utah’s Wasatch Mountains took a severe toll on the Donner Party with repeated delays, diminishing supplies, loss of morale and increased bickering. At...