“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Salt Lake City in Salt Lake County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Donner Trail 1846

Donner Trail 1846 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tyler Thorsted, July 6, 2020
1. Donner Trail 1846 Marker

The Donner Party led by George and Jacob Donner and James F. Reed passed here and crossed Jordan River nearby about September 2, 1846.

This party, consisting of 81 persons, 35 of them children, was delayed 2 weeks building a road via emigration canyon. Lost some wagons and many animals crossing Great Salt Lake desert and became snowbound in the Sierra Nevada mountains where 36 of them perished that winter.
Erected 1931 by Utah Pioneer Trails and Landmarks Association. (Marker Number 7.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Exploration. In addition, it is included in the Utah Pioneer Trails and Landmarks Association series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 2, 1846.
Location. 40° 46.318′ N, 111° 55.217′ W. Marker is in Salt Lake City, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Marker is on North Temple Street, on the right when traveling west. The marker is in front of the Promontory Building, but behind Utah State Fairpark gates, only accessible during business hours. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Salt Lake City UT 84116, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
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By Tyler Thorsted
2. Donner Trail 1846 Marker
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are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nelson Wheeler Whipple House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Central Warehouse Building (approx. 0.9 miles away); Morrison-Merrill Lumber Company (approx. 0.9 miles away); Transcontinental Railroad (approx. 0.9 miles away); Devereaux House (approx. one mile away); William Staines and William Jennings (approx. one mile away); Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Station (approx. one mile away); Park (Rio Grande) Hotel (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salt Lake City.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2020, by Tyler Thorsted of Orem, Utah. This page has been viewed 55 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 6, 2020, by Tyler Thorsted of Orem, Utah. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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