Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum, Truckee

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Donner Memorial State Park is a state park of California, USA, preserving the site of the Donner Camp, where members of the ill-fated Donner Party were trapped by weather during the winter of 1846–1847. Caught without shelter or adequate supplies, members of the group resorted to cannibalism to survive. The Sierra Nevada site has been designated a National Historic Landmark. The state park contains the Emigrant Trail Museum and the Pioneer Monument dedicated to the travelers of the Emigrant Trail.
Donner Memorial State Park is located outside Truckee, California. It has 2.5mi of hiking trails, campgrounds, and 3mi of lake frontage on Donner Lake. The 3293acre park was established in 1928.
The Donner Memorial State Park Visitor Center contains exhibits about the cultural history of the area, including local Native Americans, the Donner Party, and builders of the First Transcontinental Railroad. Near the museum is the Pioneer Monument and the Donner Party's Murphy family cabin site. Park staff offer hikes, special presentations and campfires by the museum.
The Pioneer Monument was erected in honor of all who made the difficult trek across the western plains and mountains to reach California during the 1840s. Work on the monument, constructed near the site of the cabins that gave shelter to the Donner Party, began in 1901. On June 6, 1918, in a ceremony that included Donner Party survivors, the Native Sons of the Golden West donated the completed monument and 11 surrounding acres to the State of California.
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  • This is definitely worth a visit. The park rangers are very knowledgeable of the history of the Donner Party and Native American tribes of the area and painted a real picture of what life was like... 
    This is definitely worth a visit. The park rangers are very knowledgeable of the history of the Donner Party and Native American tribes of the area and painted a real picture of what life was like...  more »
  • We had read about the tragedy of the Donner party prior to coming to Lake Tahoe. The museum had an excellent video that went through all the events and then the museum had further information and... 
    We had read about the tragedy of the Donner party prior to coming to Lake Tahoe. The museum had an excellent video that went through all the events and then the museum had further information and...  more »

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