May 11, 1986 |
O Mary I have not rote you half of the truble we have had but I have rote you anuf to let you now that you dont now what truble is but thank god we have all got throw and the only family that did not eat human flesh. --Donner party survivor Patty Reed, 12, writing to her cousin in 1847. At about the age when children are most attracted to scary stories, they're apt to hear one in fourth-grade history class that tops anything whispered at a slumber party or summer camp.
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August 25, 2003 |
Environmentalists and a property owner are clashing over a proposed commercial water facility near a popular Sierra Nevada park that pays homage to the Donner Party. At issue is Walter M. Harvey's plan to collect water from a well on 26 acres he owns in Coldstream Canyon near Donner Memorial State Park. The Truckee-based Mountain Area Preservation Foundation and the California Department of Parks and Recreation plan to appeal the Placer County Planning Commission's Aug.
October 18, 1992 |
It's the dark side of the California dream, one of the most gruesome stories of the Old West: the Donner Party. In April, 1846, a group of 82 Midwestern settlers led by George and Jacob Donner left Independence, Mo., bound for California. Their wagon train rolled over the Great Plains and through the Rockies, but was seriously delayed when a shortcut leading southwest was anything but. The emigrants quarreled constantly. One man killed another. An old man was left on the trail to die.
June 19, 1988 |
Fly over Donner Lake on a summer's afternoon and you'll probably see a ballet of multicolored sails capturing the hearty afternoon breezes. The sails belong to windsurfers whose afternoon dances across choppy waters are among the many outdoor activities that attract people to this area during the summer season. North of its big brother, Lake Tahoe, high in the Sierra Nevada, Donner Lake sits just below Interstate 80.
July 19, 1996 |
The fine focus is gone from the memory now. All Pat Ramsey can recall is an indistinct image of a picture hanging in her grandparents' house in Sacramento. "I remember somebody saying that behind the picture frame was something my grandfather didn't want to talk about," says Carmel resident Ramsey, 68. In Mary Murray's case, it was not a photograph but a book she wasn't supposed to discuss.
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May 14, 2006 |
Archeologists will soon launch a major dig at the main Sierra campsite of the tragic Donner Party. The project is expected to begin by mid-June at the site selected for a new $6-million museum in Donner Lake Memorial State Park. A team of state parks archeologists will search for artifacts near the present museum on the east side of Donner Lake.