“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Truckee in Nevada County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Donner Party

1846 – 1847

Donner Party Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 20, 2008
1. Donner Party Marker
Inscription.  The face of this rock formed the north end and the fireplace of the Murphy cabin. General Stephan W. Kearny, on June 22, 1847, buried, under the middle of the cabin the bodies found in the vicinity. Following is a complete list of the members of the Donner Party who occupied the various cabins and tents.

Column 1 – Deceased:
George Donner, Tamsen Donner, Jacob Donner, Elizabeth Donner, Isaac Donner, Lewis Donner, Samuel Donner, Sarah Keyes, Luke Halloran, John Snyder, Mr. Wolfinger, Mr. Hardcoop, William M. Pike, Baylis Williams, Samuel Shoemaker, Joseph Rhinehart, James Smith, Charles T. Stanton, Patrick Dolan, Jay Fosdick, Charles Burger

Column 2 – Deceased
Lavina Murphy, John L. Murphy, Lemuel B. Murphy, Catherine Pike, George Foster, James Eddy, Eleanor Eddy, Franklin W. Graves, Elizabeth Graves, F. W. Graves, Jr., John Denton, William Hock, Ada Keseberg, Lewis Keseberg, Jr., Augustus Spitzer, Harriet McCutcheon, Margaret Eddy, Antoine, Lewis, Salvador, Milton Elliot

Column 3 – Survived
Elitha C. Donner, Leanna Donner, Frances
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By Syd Whittle, September 20, 2008
2. Murphy Cabin Rock and Marker
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E. Donner, Georgia A. Donner, Eliza P. Donner, George Donner, Jr., Mary M. Donner, Solomon Hook, James F. Reed, Margaret W. Reed, Virginia E. Reed, James F. Reed, Jr., Martha F. (Patty) Reed, Thomas K. Reed, Mary M. Murphy, William C. Murphy, Simon P. Murphy, Walter Herron, John Baptiste, Amanda M. McCutcheon, William McCutcheon, William H. Eddy, Eliza Williams, Noah James

Column 4 – Survived
Patrick Breen, Margaret Breen, John Breen, Edward J. Breen, Patrick Breen, Jr., Simon P. Breen, James F. Breen, Peter Breen, Isabella M. Breen, Mary A. Graves, William C. Graves, Eleanor Graves, Lovina Graves, Nancy Graves, Jonathon B. Graves, Elizabeth Graves, Jr., Wm. N. Foster, Sarah A. C. Foster, Harriet F. Pike, Naomi L. Pike, Lewis Keseberg, Phillipine Keseberg, Sarah Fosdick, Mrs. Wolfinger
Erected 1919 by The Historic Landmarks Commission Native Sons of the Golden West 1919 L. DeRome.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series list. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1856.
Location. 39° 19.3′ N, 120° 13.965′ W. Marker is in Truckee, California, in Nevada County. Marker is located on the Nature Trail, about 100
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yards south of the new museum building at the Donner Memorial State Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12593 Donner Pass Road, 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 (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Donner Party (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Gateway Cabin (approx. one mile away); Rocking Stone (approx. 2.4 miles away); World War I Memorial / Victory Highway Monument (approx. 2˝ miles away); Old Truckee Jail (approx. 2˝ miles away); Theodore Dehone Judah (approx. 2.6 miles away); Truckee (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Truckee.
Regarding Donner Party. Also See: Other Donner Party marker listed in Nearby markers and the Elitha Cumi Donner-Wilder marker located 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. Donner Party Diary. (Submitted on September 19, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
2. New Light on the Donner Party. Comprehensive web site with biographical, genealogical, and documentary resources. See "Myths and Mysteries" page for a discussion of the inaccuracies in the text of this marker. (Submitted on September 20, 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 6,152 times since then and 65 times this year. Last updated on April 19, 2016, by James King of San Miguel, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 19, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.

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