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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.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers
Emigrant-Donner Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, March 15, 2016
2. Emigrant-Donner Camp Marker
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. In addition, it is included in the California Trail, and the Truckee Trail series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1846.
 
Location. 39° 28.559′ N, 119° 45.248′ W. Marker is in Reno, Nevada, in Washoe County. Marker is at the intersection of Rio Poco Road and Creekside Circle, on the right when traveling south on Rio Poco Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Reno NV 89502, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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); Emigrant Trail--Truckee River Route (approx. 2.1 miles away); Junction House (approx. 2.4 miles away); Huffaker's (approx. 2˝ miles away); Veterans of Foreign Wars Historical Building (approx. 2.6 miles away); Moana Springs (approx. 2.7 miles away); Truckee Trail - Truckee Meadows Ford (approx. 3 miles away); Glendale School (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reno.
 
Also see . . .  California National Historic Trail. (Submitted on May 7, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Base of Rattlesnake Mountain image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley
3. Base of Rattlesnake Mountain
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 4, 2016, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. This page has been viewed 298 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 4, 2016, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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