Saturday, April 15, 2006

The Donner Party

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
1846 The families of James F Reed and George and Jacob Donner, 31 people in nine wagons, left Springfield, Illinois. It was the commencement of the Donner Party, the most famous group of American emigrants ever to attempt the cross-country wagon journey to California.

Almost ninety wagon train emigrants were unable to cross the Sierra Nevada before winter, and almost one-half starved to death. Cannibalism has been suspected ...

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