The events leading to the donner tragedy

The emigrants build a raft to carry their wagons across.

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The weather was clear, but a large circle around the moon indicated an approaching storm. It's often over-emphasized and sensationalized in tales about the Donner Party, almost as if there was a cannibalistic feeding frenzy that went on among them.

The Reed and Eddy families had lost almost everything and Margret Reed promised to pay double when they got to California for the use of three oxen from the Graves and Breen families. The emigrants decide to banish Reed, who at first refuses to leave but then agrees.

You may know from these proceedings what our fare is in camp.

The Donner Party

The destination of the first leg is Independencewhere the Oregon Trail begins; the distance from Springfield to Independence is about miles kilometers. October [ edit ] October 5, Don't know the depth of the snow; may be 7 feet 2.

Donner Party timeline

Though he strongly suggested that the party take the regular wagon trail rather than this new false route, Reed would later ignore his warning in an attempt to reach their destination more quickly.

In the twenty-one days since reaching the Weber River they had moved just 36 miles. A little singular for a thaw. John Denton not well. Two men, Joseph Reinhardt and Augustus Spitzer, stay behind to help but return without him, saying that he has been killed by Indians.

Donner Party

Snyder stumbles some feet up the hill and dies. I would go as far as I could, let the consequences be what they might.

Rescuers reach Donner Party

Donner hired a replacement driver, and the company was joined by the McCutcheon family, consisting of year-old William, his year-old wife Amanda, two-year-old daughter Harriet, and a year-old named Jean Baptiste Trudeau from New Mexico, who claimed to have knowledge of the Native Americans and terrain on the way to California.

Jul 24, At Independence Rock the Boggs Company encounters a lone eastbound rider bearing an open letter from Hastings urging "all emigrants now on the road" to meet him at Fort Bridger, so he can guide them on his cutoff.

They meet deep snow and are unable to continue, so they cache the provisions and return to the fort to await another opportunity. Continues still to snow.The events leading up to the Donner party tragedy began the summer before, when 89 emigrants from Springfield, Illinois, set out overland for ltgov2018.comlly all went well, and they arrived.

The Donner Party, or Donner–Reed Party, was a group of American pioneers that set out for California in a wagon train in May Departing from Independence, Missouri, they were delayed by a series of mishaps and mistakes, and spent the winter of –47 snowbound in the Sierra Nevada.

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Donner Party timeline provides an almost day-to-day basic description of events directly associated with the s Donner Party pioneers, covering the journey from Illinois to California—2, miles (4, kilometers), over the Great Plains, two mountain ranges, and the deserts of the Great.

heard the story my whole life, usually with the Donner Party’s tragedy as the focal point and not the events that lead up to it. It’s easy to. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for History of the Donner Party: A Tragedy of the Sierra at ltgov2018.com Read honest.

Donner Party timeline provides an almost day-to-day basic description of events directly associated with the s Donner Party pioneers, covering the journey from Illinois to California—2, miles (4, kilometers), over the Great Plains, two mountain ranges, and the deserts of the Great.

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