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Near Truckee in Nevada County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Westward Ho!

 
 
Westward Ho! Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, April 26, 2018
1. Westward Ho! Marker
Inscription.  The pioneers began their trek across the continent with expectations of a new life. In sparsely populated California they could have land with fertile soil and a pleasant climate.
They heard about the wonders of California through letters sent back home from earlier pioneers and newspaper accounts. Some of the Donner Party members had also purchased The Emigrant Guide to Oregon and California, a popular guide book of the day written by Lansford Hastings. Hasting's book described the ease with which the journey could be made.

(Side bar on right:)
Who wants to go to California without costing them anything? As many as eight young men, of good character, who can drive ox team, will be accommodated by gentlemen who will leave this vicinity about the first of April. Come boys! You can have as much land as you want without costing you anything. The government of California gives large tracts of land to persons who have to move there. The first suitable persons to apply, will be engaged.
G. Donner and Others

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1846 - one year almost to the day, before he died here in Alder Creek Valley

 
Erected by Tahoe National Forest.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 39° 22.538′ N, 120° 10.808′ W. Marker is near Truckee, California, in Nevada County. Marker can be reached from California Route 89 near Alder Creek Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12893 California Highway 89, Truckee CA 96161, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Family Heads West (within shouting distance of this marker); Donner Party Camp at Alder Creek Valley / Tamsen and Elizabeth Donner (within shouting distance of this marker); Surviving the Snowy Trek Out (within shouting distance of this marker); The Nightmare Begins (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Fight to Stay Alive (about 400 feet away); Donner Camp Site (about 500 feet away); Donner Camp Tree (about 500 feet away); Shelter From the Storm (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Truckee.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located on the Donner Camp Historic Trail.
 
Westward Ho! Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, April 26, 2018
2. Westward Ho! Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 14, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 13, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 310 times since then and 18 times this year. Last updated on February 14, 2019, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 13, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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