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November 22, 2005 | Hugo Martin
CALIFORNIA state parks officials have revised plans for a new $6-million museum at Donner Memorial State Park to ease local opposition to the project. A previous plan to replace the 5,000-square-foot Emigrant Trail Museum on Donner Pass Road in Truckee called for a 10,000-square-foot structure on the shores of Donner Lake, served by a new paved entrance.
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September 30, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Much has been said of the Donner Party, much of it not good. Here's a chance to hike the terrain and learn what really happened during the pioneers' horrific winter spent in the Sierra during their long wagon journey West in 1846-47. The 19th annual Donner Party Hike near Truckee, Calif., offers two days of immersion in the history of the Donner Party and other emigrant journeys that defined westward migration. On Oct. 8, participants can choose from six hikes (moderate to strenuous)
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September 30, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Much has been said of the Donner Party, much of it not good. Here's a chance to hike the terrain and learn what really happened during the pioneers' horrific winter spent in the Sierra during their long wagon journey West in 1846-47. The 19th annual Donner Party Hike near Truckee, Calif., offers two days of immersion in the history of the Donner Party and other emigrant journeys that defined westward migration. On Oct. 8, participants can choose from six hikes (moderate to strenuous)
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November 22, 2005 | Hugo Martin
CALIFORNIA state parks officials have revised plans for a new $6-million museum at Donner Memorial State Park to ease local opposition to the project. A previous plan to replace the 5,000-square-foot Emigrant Trail Museum on Donner Pass Road in Truckee called for a 10,000-square-foot structure on the shores of Donner Lake, served by a new paved entrance.
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August 25, 2003 | From Associated Press
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.
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October 18, 1992 | JOHN McKINNEY
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.
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May 11, 1986 | ANN JAPENGA, Times Staff Writer
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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June 19, 1988 | MICHAEL GOODRICH, Goodrich is a free-lance writer living in Seal Beach.
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.
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May 14, 2006 | From the Associated Press
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.
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November 17, 1985 | JENNIFER KERR, Associated Press
Picture this: You roast hot dogs around a campfire, then cruise on cross-country skis around a snowy meadow under a full February moon over the Sierra Nevada. You end the idyllic evening with a dip in a hot spring. This is one of the 26 free weekend hikes that state parks rangers around Lake Tahoe have planned for fall and winter. The summer park crowds might be gone, but state parks are not idle when the snow flies.
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May 6, 2001 | MARTIN GRIFFITH, ASSOCIATED PRESS
A popular Sierra park that pays homage to the Donner Party is about to get a new next-door neighbor, and local conservationists don't like it. A Truckee-based environmental group is suing to block Placer County supervisors' recent decision to allow a commercial well on private property next to Donner Memorial State Park.
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June 12, 2005 | T.J. Simers, T.J. Simers can be reached at t.j.simers@latimes.com. To read previous columns by Simers, go to latimes.com/simers.
I know what some of you must've been thinking: The guy finally went too far, the solicitation of bachelors to play golf -- one of them required to marry the daughter and all of them reneging to date -- pushing the family over the edge and doing him in. No more Page 2. Stop the celebrating. I'm back.
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