Truckee in Nevada County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Erected 1918 by The Native Sons and Native Daughters of the Golden West. June 6, 1918. (Marker Number 134.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers California Historical Landmarks, the National Historic Landmarks, the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West, and the Truckee Trail series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1846.
Location. 39° 19.431′ N, 120° 13.863′ W. Marker is in Truckee, California, in Nevada County. Marker can be reached from 12593 Donner Pass Road. Marker is located at the Donner Memorial State Park, northeast of the museum building. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Truckee CA 96160, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Schallenberger Cabin Site (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Donner Party (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Emigrant Trail (approx. 0.8 miles away); First Permanent Emigrant Trail Markers (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Gateway Cabin (approx. 0.9 miles away); Rocking Stone (approx. 2.3 miles away); World War I Memorial / Victory Highway Monument (approx. 2.4 miles away); Old Truckee Jail (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Truckee.
More about this marker. Marker
This site is a California Registered Historical Landmark (No.134)
Regarding Donner Party. Nowhere is there a more stirring account of the American Pioneer spirit than the history of the Donner Party, who emigrated to California in 1846-47. This party of eighty-nine men, women and children suffered unbelievable hardships, and death to almost half their group, in their quest to settle in California. They chose a "shortcut" on their way to California that cost them time and half their cattle and oxen. An early winter, that proved to be the worst in 30 years, trapped them without enough provisions. Half of those that set out on foot, to get help, perished along the way. Those who stayed waited four to five months for relief parties, and only survived by eating their oxen and, at the end, some by cannibalism. Their complete story is told at this memorial park.
Source: Discover California By Geo.& Jan Roberts
Also see: Elitha Cumi Donner-Wilder marker in Sacramento County, California
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Donner Party Markers at both ends of their trail.
Also see . . .
1. The Donner Party Diary. In addition to telling the full story of the Donner Party (Submitted on September 19, 2008.)
2. Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco: The Donner Party. (Submitted on September 19, 2008.)
1. National Historic Landmark Statement of Significance (as of designation - January 20, 1961):
In the winter of 1846-47, a group of 89 California-bound emigrants led by Jacob and George Donner was trapped by the heavy snows of the High Sierra. Bitter cold and dwindling food supplies reduced the wagon train to a group of desperate individuals unable to cooperate, driven to terror and degradation. Four relief expeditions eventually rescued 47 of the party.
— Submitted November 30, 2008.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 19, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 7,335 times since then and 689 times this year. Last updated on April 19, 2016, by James King of San Miguel, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on September 19, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. 9. submitted on January 26, 2013, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.