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

Donner Camp Tree

 
 
Donner Camp Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 26, 2018
1. Donner Camp Tree Marker
Inscription.  Near this spot stood the tree which marked what was believed to be the campsite of the family of George Donner in the winter of 1846. The tree stood for 150 years (missing) the Donner families camped in Alder Creek before it succumbed to Mother Nature in the winter of (missing).
The Descendants of the Donner Families planted and dedicated this tree in gratitude and loving memory of their ancestors.
 
Erected 2000 by Descendants of the Donner Families.
 
Location. 39° 22.613′ N, 120° 10.745′ W. Marker is near Truckee, California, in Nevada County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 89 near Alder Creek Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 128, Truckee CA 96161, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Shelter From the Storm (here, next to this marker); Donner Camp Site (a few steps from this marker); The Nightmare Begins (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Family Heads West (about 500 feet away); Westward Ho!
Detail from the Shelter From the Storm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 26, 2018
2. Detail from the Shelter From the Storm Marker
Caption: The large ponderosa pine snag and downed log in front of you was once thought to be the tree that supported the George and Tamzene family shelter. Survivor and rescuer accounts state that the actual shelter tree was cut down for firewood that winter. An archaeological excavation revealed no evidence of a campsite at this tree. However, evidence of a Donner campsite was found a short distance from here.
(about 500 feet away); Donner Party Camp at Alder Creek Valley / Tamsen and Elizabeth Donner (about 600 feet away); Hobart Mills (approx. 1˝ miles away); a different marker also named Hobart Mills (approx. 1˝ miles 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.
 
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Stumps cut by Donner Party in 1846 image. Click for full size.
By A.A. Hart, circa 1867
3. Stumps cut by Donner Party in 1846
 
More. Search the internet for Donner Camp Tree.
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 13, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 13, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 13, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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