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Reno in Washoe County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Emigrant-Donner Camp

 
 
Emigrant-Donner Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, March 15, 2016
1. Emigrant-Donner Camp Marker
Inscription. Upon entering the Truckee Meadows along the Truckee River, thousands of California-bound emigrants turned their wagons southwest to avoid extensive marshes and uncrossable sloughs. Here at the base of Rattlesnake Mountain the emigrants established a campground, which extended nearly two miles to the east and west, one half mile north and south. Numerous local springs furnished quality water and the protected location of the camp provided an ideal locale for a rest stop after hundreds of grueling miles spent traversing the Humboldt River Valley. Once rested the emigrants turned west to face their last major obstacle, the Sierra Nevada.

In October of 1846, the ill-fated Donner Party spent five days in this area resting and grazing their weary animals. Plagued by a series of unfortunate incidents one member of the party, William Pike, was accidentally shot, died, and was buried in the vicinity.
 
Erected by Nevada Historic Preservation Office and Nevada Emigrant Trail Marking Committee. (Marker Number 253.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 28.559′ N, 119° 45.248′ W. Marker is in Reno, Nevada, in Washoe County. Marker is
Emigrant-Donner Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, March 15, 2016
2. Emigrant-Donner Camp Marker
at the intersection of Rio Poco Road and Creekside Circle, on the right when traveling south on Rio Poco Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Reno NV 89502, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Emigrant Trail - Truckee River Route (here, next to this marker); Junction House (approx. 2.4 miles away); Huffaker's (approx. 2.5 miles away); Moana Springs (approx. 2.7 miles away); Virginia & Truckee Railroad Right of Way (approx. 4 miles away but has been reported missing); Glendale School (1864-1958) (approx. 4.1 miles away); James C. Lillard Railroad Park History (approx. 4.1 miles away); Southern Pacific Railroad Yards (approx. 4.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Reno.
 
Also see . . .  California National Historic Trail. (Submitted on May 7, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Base of Rattlesnake Mountain image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley
3. Base of Rattlesnake Mountain
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. This page has been viewed 151 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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