Trapped at an Alpine Lake

The Donner Party was a group of several families who decided to leave the main caravan of westward-bound wagons in order to follow a “short-cut” to California. They weren’t the only company that followed Lansford Hastings’ route across the blazing Great Salt Lake Desert, and the other companies made it to safety. But Continue reading Trapped at an Alpine Lake

Death in the High Sierra

The story of the Donner Party—a group of California-bound emigrants who were trapped by early snow storms at an alpine lake in the formidable Sierra Nevada over the winter of 1846-47—is a tale of unfortunate choices, jealousies, despair, extreme hardship, courage and heroism. Their entrapment and rescue made Continue reading Death in the High Sierra