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Donner Party Camp at Alder Creek Valley / Tamsen and Elizabeth Donner

 
 
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By Syd Whittle, October 14, 2012
1. Donner Party Camp at Alder Creek Valley Marker
Inscription.
Donner Party Camp at Alder Creek Valley
In the Fall of 1846, 25 Members of The Donner Party became Trapped by an Early Snowstorm here at Alder Creek Valley. The George and Jacob Donner Families, their Teamsters, and Fellow Travelers Suffered Extreme Hardship and Starvation. They Spent the Winter Here Cut Off from the Rest of Their Party who Camped at Donner Lake. Only 11 Survived the Ordeal. Their Survival, Against Desperate Odds, Stands as a Testament to the Enduring Pioneer Spirit the Helped Shape the Future of California.
Dedicated on September 28, 1996
by the Tahoe National Forest to Commemorate
the 150th Anniversary of the Donner Party Tradgedy

Tamsen and Elizabeth Donner
They gave unselfishly, their fortunes and their lives that their children should survive.

Near this site, in the winter of 1846, two pioneer women gave up their lives for their families. Tamsen and Elizabeth Donner feared their many children could not survive the ravages of cold and starvation when the party was caught in an early blizzard. They provided care and comfort to their families and companions throughout the snowbound winter, desperately trying to prevent the death of their loved ones. Both lost their lives. However, most of their children
Tamsen and Elizabeth Donner Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 14, 2012
2. Tamsen and Elizabeth Donner Marker
survived to carry their mothers’ dreams of new life and new beginnings to the valleys of California. The summit that they never crossed now bears their family name.

An inspiration to all who followed their footsteps across the Sierra Nevada Mountains, we herein honor the memory and the sacrifices of these women. Their struggle to survive, enduring hardships we can barely imagine, remains a legacy of the pioneer spirit. On this the 150th anniversary of their tragic encampment, the Chief Truckee Chapter of E Clampus Vitus dedicates this monument to their spirit and the preservation of their memory that we not forget the sacrifices they made in opening California to its destiny.
 
Erected 1996 by Tahoe National Forest and Chief Truckee Chapter, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 39° 22.543′ N, 120° 10.849′ W. Marker is in Truckee, California, in Nevada County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 89 3˝ miles north of Interstate 80, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Truckee CA 96161, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Donner Camp Site (about 700 feet away, measured
Donner Party Camp at Alder Creek Valley and Tamsen and Elizabeth Donner Markers image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 14, 2012
3. Donner Party Camp at Alder Creek Valley and Tamsen and Elizabeth Donner Markers
in a direct line); Sierra Mountain Cemetery (approx. 2.9 miles away); First Log Cabin (approx. 3.2 miles away); Truckee’s Old Stone Garage and Site of Town’s First Dwelling (approx. 3.2 miles away); “The Tin Can” ----------- “Dot’s Place” (approx. 3.2 miles away); Old Truckee Jail (approx. 3.3 miles away); Rocking Stone (approx. 3.3 miles away); Theodore Dehone Judah (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Truckee.
 
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Also see . . .
1. What Happened at Alder Creek - Excavating the Donner Party. A New Yorker April 24, 2006 article written by Dana Goodyear details the excavation of the Alder Creek Meadow where the Donners camped. (Submitted on October 15, 2012.) 

2. Tamsen Donner Letters: From Dream to Legacy. The diminutive schoolteacher was an incredible bundle of energy, "scarce five feet tall and less than one hundred pounds." One of her friends described Tamozine
The Donner Campsite image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 14, 2012
4. The Donner Campsite
(Tamsen) Donner as the "perfect type of eastern lady, kind, sociable and exemplary, ever ready to assist neighbors and even strangers in distress."
(Submitted on October 15, 2012.) 
 
Categories. DisastersSettlements & Settlers
 
Alder Creek Valley Meadow image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 14, 2012
5. Alder Creek Valley Meadow
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 14, 2012, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 861 times since then and 106 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 14, 2012, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   5. submitted on October 15, 2012, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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